High-speed police pursuits are often controversial, not because the police vehicle is a hazard to other drivers but because the driver attempting to escape becomes a significant threat to other drivers. The degree of risk was tragically demonstrated in a recent motor vehicle accident when a car fleeing from Kansas City, Kansas police crossed into Missouri during a lengthy high-speed chase and collided with a sedan occupied by a husband and wife going out for dinner.
Kansas City, Kansas police said the driver hit a police cruiser in the city and then crossed the state line and led police on a 12-mile chase. The chase ended when the fleeing driver ran a red light and slammed into a sedan as it was pulling into a restaurant parking lot. The couple in the sedan survived the collision, but they appear to have suffered severe injuries.
The wife, who was driving when the accident occurred, spoke with a TV news reporter and described her reaction to the collision. She said that she was blind-sided and that she felt as if she were “floating around in the car.” Her injuries appeared to include a fractured clavicle and multiple bruises. Her husband suffered bleeding on the brain, and she said that she had not seen him since the accident. She said that he was still in the Intensive Care Unit. No information was available on the identity or medical condition of the driver who caused the accident.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consider attempting to collect damages from the party who was at fault. The advice of an experienced personal injury attorney may provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.