Tragically, a police chase in theDallas area Monday morning ended in a fatal crash which took the life of an innocent father of three.
The accident occurred after police inGarlandwere called to the scene of a domestic disturbance about 4:30 a.m. When police officers arrived, the suspect was sitting on the driver’s seat of a car, slumping over. Police broke the window, waking him up. The suspect sped off, dragging the officer who broke the window. The police chased the suspect, and he crashed his vehicle into a small truck less than a minute later, killing the driver instantly. The suspect was pulled from his vehicle, which was on fire, and transported him to the hospital in critical condition. He will most likely be charged with murder, among other charges.
Unfortunately, accidents caused by high speed police chases are not uncommon. According to the NHTSA, approximately 400 people each year are killed in high speed police pursuit cases. Approximately 40 percent of all high speed police chases end in collisions and 20 percent end in serious injuries or death. Although the fatalities frequently involve innocent bystanders or the suspects, police fatalities are often a result. On average, approximately one percent of police officers who die in the line of duty do so in vehicle pursuits.
In this accident, there was probably nothing the innocent victim could have done to avoid the accident. He was driving through a green light at a normal rate of speed when the suspect hit him at an extremely high rate of speed. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid being caught in a police chase. Be alert while you are driving. This includes using your rearview and side view mirrors frequently to check the vehicles around you. Don’t use your cell phone or other electronic devices that could distract you from the road. Also, don’t use headphones or any other device that could result in your not hearing police sirens.
If you’ve been an innocent victim of a high speed chase inDallas, contact theDallascar accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. We will analyze your case to determine if you have a cause of action against one of the parties involved.