Rear-Ended by a Police Car?

Rear-Ended by a Police Car?

My clients and readers know that rear-end collisions are among the most common in Los Angeles.

What happens if the offending rear-ender is a police car?

Unfortunately, this is not just a hypothetical.  Earlier this week, a CHP officer in Northern California was distracted and rear-ended another vehicle, killing the teenaged driver.

The CHP officer was apparently using his in-car computer that rests in the center console.

Last year the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department introduced changes to its in-car computer system use.  This change came in response to a tragic collision involving a deputy who veered into a bike lane, killing a local lawyer and avid bicyclist named Milton Olin.

California law offers immunity for police officers when a law enforcement vehicle collides with another during a police pursuit.

But if no pursuit is occurring, a police vehicle will likely be treated as any other.  That means if you’re injured after being rear-ended by a police car, you can probably hold the police department liable.

Cases involving police car crashes are governed by different timelines.  Because the police are part of a governmental entity, an injured person would first have to file a Government Claim before filing a lawsuit in court.

The Government Claim must be filed within 6 months of the collision.

If you or someone you know was injured in a collision with a police car in Los Angeles or beyond, make sure you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

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