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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for a police car accident


    Many of us have been involved in a car accident of one kind or another, be it a minor shunt in queuing traffic to a more serious impact. Sometimes vehicles appear suddenly from out of side roads or otherwise catch us unawares. Imagine if that vehicle was a police car in the course of a police officer’s duties. These emergency services drivers are allowed by law to break the national speed limit and do not have to stop at red traffic lights. High speed chases ensue in the case of serious incidents or traffic offences when criminals flee the scene. Following other vehicles this way is something police drivers are trained to do and it is down to them to ensure the safety of other road users as they respond to 999 calls.

    Police car accidents are, thankfully, rare, but what if you have been involved in a police car accident – are there grounds to claim? Whilst police drivers are trained to respond to any kind of emergency call they must be able to show that they were driving with due care and attention.

    Shocking impact of a police car accident

    Car accidents vary in severity and even if you are lucky enough to escape without injury you will probably find the experience unnerving and unsettling. Other drivers involved in a police car accident may receive minor or more serious injuries depending on the type of accident. And if you are a cyclist or pedestrian you are vulnerable to critical and life-changing injuries. You may be unable to work or to do the things you now take for granted if the impact of the accident limits your mobility. It might also mean extended stays in hospital for rehabilitative treatment, resulting in hardship for your family.

    Can I claim compensation for a police car accident?

    You never quite know where you stand unless you speak with a professional personal injury specialist who has experience of all kinds of situations. Accident Advice Helpline has the backing of consumer champion Esther Rantzen and our free 24/7 enquiry line will help you find out whether there was negligence on the part of the police or driver and if your injury might be compensated for. We offer a friendly first class service and will ensure you are able to get the information and answers you need. You will be glad you decided to call Accident Advice Helpline for help on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: February 6, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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