Are police officers beyond the reach of a wrongful death claim?

No one should be beyond the reach of the law if his or her negligent actions resulted in the injury or death of another. Our personal injury and wrongful death law firm takes this mission to heart, as a recent case victory against a former Alabama police officer illustrates.

The lawsuit, brought by the estate of the former victim, alleged that the officer’s reckless driving caused the car crash and resulting death of a 77-year-old woman. The officer in question had been responding to a report of erratic driving. In his haste to get to the scene, the officer was traveling at speeds between 85 and 90 mph in a 45 mph zone. Unfortunately, the officer failed to alert other vehicles on the road of his speeding by turning on his sirens or lights.

In many wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits, both technology and expert witness testimony play a role. This wrongful death lawsuit was no exception. An expert testified regarding the officer’s dash camera footage. Such technology can be very persuasive to a jury, as evidenced by the $4.5 million civil verdict that the jury handed out.

It takes time to heal from the loss of a loved one, and civil litigation is probably the last thing on any survivor’s mind. With the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney, a surviving loved one does not have to add legal worries about the victim’s estate to his or her grief. An attorney can file a legal claim against the negligent party on behalf of the former victim’s estate and build a strong case. Put your trust in a reputable law firm and let the wheels of justice go to work.

Related article: “MRB In the News,” copyright 2016, March, Rickard & Bryan

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