A 43 year old woman was killed in Dallas over the weekend after being struck by a patrol car. The woman was leaving her daughter’s home in Dallas at 3 a.m. Sunday morning and attempting to cross the street when she was stuck by a police cruiser.
The police car did not have its lights on. According to police, the officer behind the wheel was following an ambulance to the scene of a disturbance. The ambulance did have its lights and sirens on. The speed limit on the road where the accident occurred is 35 miles an hour. Police have not publicly said how fast the car was going when the accident occurred, although a witness said it was speeding.
Although this tragic accident probably could not have been avoided by the victim, there are rules you should follow in order to avoid accidents with police and other first responders. If you are driving and see an emergency vehicle, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance with its lights or siren on, pull to the right edge of the road and stop, if possible. If traffic is too congested for that to be a safe option, or if there is nowhere to safely stop, slow down and leave a path for the vehicle.
Have you been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. Our experienced attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and/or damage to your vehicle.