No one in Philadelphia doubts the valuable service that law enforcement officials provide for the community. Yet what should be remembered is that these men and women are still bound by the same constraints of the law as the general population is. While they may be granted certain exceptions while in the line of duty, a police officer that breaks the law or endangers another through actions not related to law enforcement work may be held liable for such negligence.
A recent crash in Erie County certainly seems to highlight an incident of such negligence. A woman was killed in a car accident caused when a state trooper failed to yield at a stop sign. The womanâ€™s car collided with the trooperâ€™s SUV after he rolled onto the road she was traveling on. The woman died at the scene, while the trooper and his partner were taken to an area hospital for treatment after having had to be cut from their mangled vehicle. Law enforcement officials say that the troopers were not responding to a call at the time of the accident, and an investigation to determine their reason for not stopping is underway.
While some may question oneâ€™s decision to sue a law enforcement official, what they often fail to understand is the impact thatâ€™s officialâ€™s negligence may have had on the life of his or her accident victim. Such victims may leave behind families that relied on their support, or may survive their accidents only to need lifelong care. In such cases, the compensation from a lawsuit is all they or their families may have in order to survive financially. Anyone needing to initiate action following such a scenario would do well to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
Source: The Patriot-News â€œPa. woman killed as State Trooper runs stop sign in patrol vehicleâ€ John Luciew, July 07, 2014