Chattanooga Man Charged with Attempted First-Degree MurderOn Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a man led police on a high-speed chase, nearly killing one before being arrested on the freeway. Initial reports state that that man, 45-year-old David Jolley, was seen in a parking lot on Signal Mountain Road, sitting inside a Uhaul truck. A police officer approached Jolley after noticing suspicious activity; Jolley was alleged to have been sniffing from a can of duster, presumably in an attempt to get high. The police officer approached the Uhaul on the passenger side and asked Jolley to exit the vehicle. When Jolley didn’t comply, the officer circled the truck around the front, but before he could make it to the driver’s side, Jolley accelerated toward him and threatened him. He continued to drive towards the officer, who eventually made it to his own vehicle. Jolley led police on a 20-minute high-speed chase up Interstate 75, culminating in his detainment. He faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, evading arrest, speeding, and assault. He has a history of speeding, according to Hamilton County court records. The officer was not harmed in the initial altercation, and no other injuries were reported from the chase.
Filing a Personal Injury ClaimIf you are a fellow driver on the road during a high-speed pursuit and you sustain damages, you may be able to seek restitution from the responsible party, whether it is a fellow driver or police officer. All vehicles on the road are operated by people who afford others a duty of reasonable care. If that care is breached, and the breaching leads to an incident, and the incident results in bodily harm that otherwise would not have been sustained if the breach had not occurred, you are able to cite negligence and pursue legal recourse. Other drivers may be driving recklessly on the interstate, and if a police pursuit occurs, you may be harmed by someone who was unprepared to make a sudden stop due to the speed at which he was traveling. His previous negligence contributed to the accident. Similarly, if a police officer is driving recklessly in attempting to pursue a culprit and he damages your vehicle or harms you, you may be able to recover damages from the police department. Even though the pursuit was in the name of good and justice, you were still injured due to the careless actions of another. It should be noted that filing claims against government entities is different than filing against individuals: the statute of limitations is reduced, being an initial period of 6 months to file an administrative grievance. If that is denied, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury claim. For individuals, you have the regular two-year statute to file your claim. Compensation for Accident Victims If you have been struck while driving on the interstate, you may be eligible to recover various damages from the accident, including:
- Medical costs: If you were injured in the accident in any way, such as by sustaining whiplash, a broken arm, or various lacerations and a concussion, you are able to be compensated for the bills you would accrue receiving medical treatment. These damages would cover hospitalization fees, ambulance costs, medication costs, surgery, and physical rehabilitation.
- Property Damage: Your vehicle is important, and if it were damaged and requires heavy repairs to continue running, you can be compensated for those costs. Loss or damage to belongings is also covered, including any personal items that were present in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
- Economic Damages: Any monetary damages you can recover may be argued for in court. This can include lost wages if you were unable to go to work due to hospitalization or the lack of a vehicle.
- Non-economic Damages: Pain and suffering, like mental anguish, fear, and anxiety, can be covered by insurance agencies of responsible parties. These damages can cover therapy, medication, and other treatments.