When you are sunbathing at your favorite beach, do you ever expect to be run over by a police vehicle? Does getting run over by a police vehicle while relaxing on the beach seem unrealistic? Police vehicles, among other vehicles, routinely patrol beaches. On Sunday, April 21, 2019, a sunbather between the ages of 25 and 30 was run over by a police cruiser. The incident occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. on Venice Beach, near the boardwalk.
While performing their patrol on the sand, the officers turned their vehicle and accidentally struck someone. According to reports, the officers found the woman under their cruiser (an SUV). The woman was rendered first aid by medical personal that was already present on the beach. The woman was then transported to a local hospital; she did not suffer any serious injuries from the incident.
Was LAPD Negligent?
Was LAPD negligent in the incident described above? The officers in the cruiser failed to see the sunbathing woman. According to the report, the police cruiser ran over the woman after a turn. Although the officers might have been paying attention to where they were traveling prior to the turn, the woman was likely in a blind spot. Without a doubt, the officers operating the police cruiser should have been paying more attention to where they were going. Had they been paying more care to where they were traveling, they might have seen the sunbather and driven around her. In fact, the officers in the police cruiser should have expected people to be sunbathing on the sand; therefore, they should have exercised even more care when operating the cruiser.
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Could the Victim Pursue a Claim against LAPD?
According to California Government Code Section 820(a), public employees (such as police officers) could be held liable under the principles of general tort. When public employees are liable for harming others, vicarious liability generally applies (the employer is liable for the actions of the employee); vicarious liability is established by Government Code Section 815.2. However, police officers could be immune to negligence claims as long as they were acting reasonably within their duties of their job. Without a doubt, understanding whether LAPD could be held liable for personal injury accidents can be complicated and confusing. Because of that, you should not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Taking Action after an Incident with Police
What do you have to do after being involved in an incident with police that resulted in your injuries? Undeniably, you should do something to ensure that you gather the tools necessary to file a successful claim. Some of the many things that you should do include the following: take photos of all your injuries; take photos of any damage to vehicles involved (such as the police cruiser mentioned above); take note the names of the officers involved in the incident; keep all medical records; keep track of the different ways in which the accident has affected you and your family. Perhaps the most important thing that you should do after being affected by a personal injury accident involving the police is to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney is essential to the outcome of your claim. Doing so will allow you to have access to all the information necessary to file your claim successfully. If you would like to learn more about what you should do after being involved in an incident with police, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.
Could You Recover Compensation?
Depending on the specific details of your claim, you might be eligible to recover some sort of compensation. Although every claim is different, some victims and their families are eligible to recover compensation for all or some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral/burial costs
- Punitive damages
There is no guarantee that you will be eligible to recover a specific type or amount of compensation. If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive if you pursue a claim after being harmed by the police, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from our experts as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to provide you all the information that you need to better understand your right to recover compensation. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Contact Our Law Firm
Were you involved in an incident with the police? If so, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you might be eligible to receive compensation. Regardless of the specific details of your claim, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling many different types of personal injury claims. Our lawyers are dedicated to representing all the victims that were affected by the reckless or negligent actions and helping them exercise their right to be compensated after suffering harm. If you would like to discuss your claim with the knowledgeable attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law Group, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible – our experts are ready to provide you with the legal guidance that you need.
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