Apr 062012

A: Yes, the police could be held liable for bystander injury if the officers were negligent in some way, for example, violating department police chase protocol. However, each case is unique and a qualified accident and injury lawyer will be able to assess the facts of the case and offer advice on how to proceed.

Fast Moving Police CarIn general, police chases in Pennsylvania have a crash rate of roughly 30% and injuries occur in about 7% of all Pennsylvania police crashes. In chase situations ending in crashes, the injuries can be catastrophic, considering the often high rates of speed reached in chase situations. Pennsylvania law specifically recognizes the right of a bystander to sue a police department for injuries or death resulting from a police chase.  However, there must be negligence on the part of the police department. In addition, because police departments such as the Philadelphia police department are local agencies/government agencies, there are additional requirements you must meet in order to bring a lawsuit for your injuries or for the death of a loved one.

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