A 94-year-old pensioner was killed in a crash with a police car just before Christmas last year. The accident resulted in John Howitt sustaining multiple injuries, and he died from bronchopneumonia in hospital five days after the accident. The family is now trying to claim compensation as a result of the accident.
The accident happened at a junction in Clifton where Green Lane meets the A453. According to details given in the inquest, the police car was being driven by PC Louise Ramsay. She was driving at 65mph in a 40mph zone, trying to catch someone who was thought to be driving without insurance. It was also determined that she reacted to the situation in less than one second.
In the inquest it was determined that the accident would still have occurred even if the police car had been going at 40mph. The crash with a police car was thought by the coroner to have been caused by Mr Howitt misjudging the position of his car or not seeing or hearing the police car approaching at all. As such it has been deemed to have been a road accident with no fault on the part of the police officer involved.
How severe can an accident with a police vehicle be?
Everyone is aware that police cars can travel at speed if they are chasing after someone. If a police officer is driving en route to an emergency they may be going over the speed limit. However they should have lights and sirens going to alert the public to their presence. As we have seen in this particular example, it is possible for a severe accident to occur if someone is involved in a collision with a police vehicle of any kind.
Have you been in a similar situation?
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide no-obligation advice if you have been in an accident involving one or more police vehicles. Any accident can leave you feeling shaken, upset and possibly injured, so it is wise to get proper input from a professional injury compensation lawyer if you find yourself in this situation. There must be proof that the accident was someone else’s fault for the claim to be successful. Make sure you take our route to a no win, no fee* claim and you may be entitled to get compensation as a result.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown