People in California and across the country expect that when they need help, law enforcement officers will respond and help them. However, a recent lawsuit addresses the question of what will happen if law enforcement officers’ negligence results in car accidents that harm others. As a result of the lawsuit, one county has agreed to pay a family $25 million.
The lawsuit involved a car accident that happened in July 2017. According to reports, a man driving a vehicle with his family attempted to make a left turn. Unfortunately, their vehicle was struck by a sports utility vehicle belonging to the sheriff’s department. Reports indicate that the deputy driving the vehicle was responding to a call but had not engaged the siren or lights.
The driver, his wife and their three children were all injured in the crash. One of the children, a 10-year-old girl, suffered serious injuries, including serious head injuries. As a result, she will likely require care 24 hours a day. A report released by the California Highway Patrol indicates that the crash was the result of speed on the part of the deputy.
The county will reportedly pay the family over $25 million as a result of the accident. While the settlement will likely do little to lessen the grief the family experiences over the injuries the young girl suffered, it will help ensure that she will be able to receive the care she requires for the rest of her life. Fortunately, many victims of car accidents — including family members — are unsure how to seek justice following an accident that was the result of negligence. As such, they may need guidance from an experienced attorney who can help them fully understand their options.