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They're loud, highly visible, in a hurry and in your rear view mirror however speed and safety rarely go together and every year there are numerous deaths and thousands of other injuries arising as a result of accidents involving the drivers of police cars. Blue lights do not give the police priority over other road users but merely serve to indicate their presence. In many police pursuits there is an inadequate risk assessment resulting in inappropriate decisions being taken by police drivers notwithstanding their rigorous training. Police drivers have some exemptions from criminal liability as a result of road traffic regulations including observing red traffic lights however they are still liable for their negligent actions in a civil action if they do not take sufficient care to protect members of the public. Failure to do so may make the constabulory liable in negligence for legal action by police accident solicitors to pay compensation for any injuries that occur in a accident even when in pursuit of a dangerous criminal.

Police Complaints Authority

According to a recent report from the Police Complaints Authority, the number of people killed or injured in a police accident during vehicle chases more than tripled over a period of just a few years. Research conducted by the authority found that the police frequently engage in unnecessary and dangerous high-speed chases. The report recommended that police chases and should be authorised from central control rooms, that unmarked police cars should be banned from taking part in high-speed chases altogether and that drivers' discretion to chase be reduced by increasing management control on the evolution of pursuits. The report suggested that officers should not be able to pursue cars unless they had a "clear, centrally agreed strategy for attempting to stop the vehicle safely". Forces must consider whether officers who pursue without control room permission or who fail to adequately communicate risk or who fail to pull over when instructed to call off a chase by the control room, should be disciplined.

Police Accident Solicitors

Our police accident solicitors deal exclusively in accident compensation claims and are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. If you instruct us to represent you we will deal with your police accident claim with using the risk free no win no fee* scheme. You will not have to pay for any expenses, medical reports or insurance policy.

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Our police accident solicitors operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you have been injured as a result of an accident involving a police vehicle and would like advice at no cost and without obligation just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone.



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