High speed police chases kill hundreds of people—including law enforcement officials, alleged criminals and innocent civilians—each year in the United States. The wrongful deaths and personal injuries caused by a police chase makes them one of top causes of car accidents. While authorities are engaged in high-speed police chases to capture a fleeing suspect, there can be a disregard for the safety of other drivers as officers continue the chase well after the danger outweighs the need to apprehend the suspect. That is why two-thirds of those injured or killed in fatal car accidents stemming from a police chase are innocent drivers and pedestrians that have nothing to do with the chase. Our car accident attorneys are especially sensitive to news involving police chases and are concerned that the police might be putting the public at risk when trying to catch someone who’s breaking the law. Pursuits by law enforcement on the road are even more dangerous than commonly thought. More people in the United States are killed by high speed pursuits than they are by police firearms, and yet, these wrongful deaths from car accidents will likely continue year after year. That is why we must convince police departments to modify their pursuit policies to only chase offenders when the following occurs:
- It is safe to follow and pursue a suspect.
- Only chase a fleeing driver when forcible felonies are involved.