As a Fort Worth injury lawyer, I have a great respect for the police officers who serve our local communities. They do a great job responding to emergencies such as car wrecks and protecting the innocent. I have personally represented a number of Fort Worth police officers who have been injured in accidents caused by negligent motorists.
However, there are unfortunately situations where you might find yourself injured in a wreck that was caused by a negligent police officer. For example, there have been a recent spate of off-duty peace officers being arrested for driving while intoxicated in Tarrant County. So if you have been injured in a collision caused by a member of law enforcement, can you make a claim for compensation under Texas law? The answer depends on the specific details of your case.
If the police officer was driving recklessly at the time of your crash, there is a very good chance that you will be able to make a successful personal injury claim with the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Some examples of what might constitute reckless driving by a Dallas-Fort Worth police officer might include excessive speeding or talking on a cellphone while driving.
However, if the police officer was traveling at a fast but not unreasonably dangerous speed and had their flashing lights on sirens on – but you got in their way – you probably won’t be able to make a claim.
It all depends on the specific circumstances of your unique situation, which is why it is so important that you discuss your case with a board certified personal injury attorney prior to accepting any settlement offer.
Warning: while theses type of cases are governed by the two year statue of limitations, they are also subject to a six month "notice" requirement as contained in the Texas Tort Claims Act. This requires official notice to the City if you intend to make a claim against the city.
Call the Anderson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation on your case. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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