Every year people are injured and killed in road traffic accidents. On very rare occasions these incidents involved a collision with a police car. As anyone who has been involved in a serious car accident knows, the resulting pain and heartache can be severe. The result of any collision could be minor or even more serious injuries and you may not be to blame. In the case of a collision with a police car the shock is all the greater because this is the last thing on your mind.
The number of accidents involving a collision with a police car is extremely low on the scale of road incident statistics. Highly trained police drivers carry out their duties with care and diligence, always observing potential hazards and making the safety of the public their number one priority, but sometimes things can go wrong and police drivers, who are normally exempt from prosecution for breaking the legal speed limit and ignoring red lights, can be found to have failed in their duty.
What can happen in this kind of accident?
Sadly whilst pursuing criminals or responding to a 999 call there is always the potential for a police car to collide with other road users or property. When a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a police car the resulting injuries can be major and life-changing. Broken bones, crush injuries and serious bleeding can occur even if that vehicle is not driving at high speeds at the time of impact. Sadly, these kinds of accidents occurring at speed can be extremely serious and even fatal. Any kind of road traffic accident is traumatising, but being involved in a collision with a police car as another driver, a cyclist or pedestrian can be particularly shocking and difficult for everyone involved.
Do you need no-obligation advice?
If you have been involved in a collision with a police car you may be eligible to claim compensation. Your first step is to call Accident Advice Helpline’s free 24-hour advice line on 0800 689 0500 so you can get the timely, professional advice you are entitled to regarding this sensitive situation. We are personal injury specialists with 14 years’ experience and the backing of consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We also have a 30-second calculator on our website where you can find out what you could potentially claim if your case was successful. Remember there is no obligation and we work on a no-win, no-fee basis offering friendly, expert guidance every step of the way.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown