Four people, including a San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy, were injured in a San Diego car accident after the patrol car crashed into an SUV at a street intersection. According to an NBC news report, the accident occurred the night of January 6, 2010 in Lakeside, near the intersection of Mapleview and Ashwood streets. California Highway Patrol officials say the deputy was responding to an armed robbery at a liquor store. However, he did not have his lights or sirens on. It was then that a white SUV made a turn in front of the deputy’s patrol car. Officials say the driver of the SUV did not realize how fast the deputy was going. Firefighters had to extricate the three injured occupants from the white SUV. The deputy was injured as well. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the accident.
I sympathize with those injured in this crash including the deputy, who was in the process of doing his job. I hope no one sustained major injuries in this car accident. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete victory. They will be in my prayers.
No Lights or Sirens
I trust CHP officials will conduct a thorough and objective investigation into this car accident. Based on this news report, it seems to me that the police officer was traveling at a high rate of speed at the intersection. However, what irks me here is that the deputy was speeding through the intersection without lights or sirens on. The driver of the SUV basically had no warning that the deputy was rushing to the scene of a crime.
If I were one of the victims of this injury car accident, I would question whether this police officer followed department policy. I understand that armed robbery is a serious crime and that he had to respond to the call and do his duty as a police officer. However, he is traveling through a public roadway. It’s important that he warn others on the road that he is responding to an emergency situation by turning his lights and sirens on. Had this deputy done that, the driver of the SUV might have had the chance to get out of the officer’s way.
Claim for Compensation
If the investigation determines that the deputy was at-fault for this accident, the victims can file a claim against the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department seeking compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of physical therapy, rehabilitation or other related damages. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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