Have you ever been on the roads and seen police chasing someone? Though the authorities tend to call off police chases when the roads are busy, most people have seen the police pursuing someone at one time or another. You may have witnessed a driver speeding or weaving recklessly to get away. These hazardous actions can, and often do, lead to collisions with injuries and deaths.
When a driver acts dangerously, it can put their life and the lives of others riding with them in danger. Even in a single-vehicle collision, a passenger may be able to pursue compensation if the driver was reckless or caused a crash resulting in injuries.
Take, for example, this case out of Bedford, Virginia, where a driver crashed after allegedly trying to elude the police. The crash happened at around 11:30 a.m., when the driver left U.S. Route 460 and sped onto the off-ramp. The driver lost control, and the vehicle eventually came to a stop on Burks Hill Road.
Two of the passengers were taken to Bedford Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, while one other had been partially ejected and required care for serious injuries. Presently, it’s not clear if the driver will be facing charges.
This kind of situation is horrible to think about because it’s one that could have been avoided completely. A driver who sees the police asking them to pull over can do so calmly and avoid crashes that result from fleeing. Even if someone is intoxicated or has warrants, it’s safer for everyone if they pull over and avoid driving recklessly to try to escape.