Another Police Pursuit Results in Injury to an Innocent Bystander

Ok, maybe it wasn’t an actual police pursuit, but Monday evening a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper crashed into another car while responding to a dispatched call. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that in Clearwater, at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Trooper Thomas Fraclose was heading east on Highway 580 when his vehicle struck a 2000 Buick Century driven by 71-year-old, Carol Allen. Allen was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with injuries after the crash.

The Attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. have represented persons injured as a result of accidents caused by police pursuits gone bad. Generally, such accidents occur when an officer is responding to a criminal call or in active police pursuit of a suspect. We blogged about just such an accident last month in St. Pete.These situations are frustrating enough to members of the public, but it’s even more frustrating when an accident occurs when an officer is responding to a traffic accident. There seems to be little justification to put members of the public at risk when there isn’t a potentially dangerous suspect on the loose. But even situations where a dangerous suspect is being pursued, is putting many more members of the public at risk with a dangerous pursuit justified?

The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. have unfortunately seen very serious injuries result from high speed police pursuits. If you or a family member are involved in such an accident, contact the attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. today for a free consultation.

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