Could a police chase put you or your loved ones in harm’s way for no good reason? By the end of January, 2020, there were already two fatal accidents involving police chases in Alabama. They probably won’t be the last fatal police chases this year, either.
One of the chases involved a motorist wanted on rape and burglary charges fled police. The other motorist who was killed was allegedly speeding up to 100 mph when police initiated the chase.
It is true that fatal police chases in Alabama are less common than they once were. From 2016 to 2018, they’ve been declining. Just the same, there were still 37 fatal wrecks during that time. Less than a year ago, five people died during a police chase after a driver drove the wrong way on the highway. That incident prompted law enforcement officials to review their policies regarding police chases.
Police chases are seldom necessary. These days, electronic surveillance and strategic “slow” chases that aim to simply let the fleeing driver wear themselves out (or run out of gas) have mostly replaced the high-speed police chase of the past. As one expert noted while saying that police chases should be a last resort, “any time you start a pursuit, you’re starting to put people’s lives at risk.”
If a police chase led to your serious motor vehicle wreck or caused the death of a loved one, you have every right to find out what kind of compensation you can claim. Often, the only way to hold the responsible parties accountable is through a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim.