High Speed Chase Kills Innocent Woman

High Speed Chase Kills Innocent Woman

San Francisco’s local ABC affiliate KGO-TV recently reported that a woman and her 20-month-old child were involved in a fatal crash that occurred during a police pursuit in Oakland. The woman’s black Hyundai Accent was struck by the suspect’s Acura Integra after the suspect ran through an intersection, failing to yield to a stop sign. The woman sustained major injuries, and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Her child was critically injured, underwent surgery at the hospital, and is recovering.

In this tragedy, traffic rules were disregarded, and the end result was wrongful death and serious injury. However, another issue has also come into consideration in the wake of the tragedy. That is, it is being investigated as to whether or not protocol was properly followed during the pursuit, particularly whether officers followed police pursuit policy guidelines established by the Oakland Police Department. While it was argued that the whole accident could have been avoided had the suspect simply pulled his vehicle to the side of the road as instructed to do so by law enforcement officials, it also needs to be questioned as to whether or not police action could have prevented this incident from escalating into the tragedy that it did. In any event, the rules of the road are critical in ensuring motorist safety. Disregard for those rules can be characterized as nothing more than negligence and disregard for the safety of others.

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a San Francisco auto accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the skilled San Francisco auto accident lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates. Accident victims have valid rights, and all circumstances surrounding an accident need to be taken into close consideration in order to determine exactly who was at fault for creating the accident in the first place. We will help you hold negligible parties accountable for their actions, and see to it that your rights are not infringed upon. Please contact us today for a free consultation at (800) 900-0863

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