The thought being the victim of a hit-and-run accident is scary, and anyone would want the police to come to the scene of the accident as fast as possible in hopes of finding evidence of the guilty party. But, what if a police officer was the cause of the accident and fled the scene? A recent car accident in Philadelphia covers a horrifying tale of a 14-year veteran of the PPD who rolled through a stop sign and collided with a car before driving off without stopping.
Multiple witnesses confirmed the accident, and one bystander even managed to take a picture of the officer’s license plate. In addition to facing charges for leaving the scene of the accident, the officer made a fraudulent insurance claim to have the repairs to her car made without being linked to the crash.
Not only may the victims of the accident be able to sue the officer for negligent driving, but if the officer was on duty at the time of the accident, the police department itself could also be liable for the damages sustained. In some cases, an employer can be held responsible for its employees’ negligent behavior if the employee is acting under the scope of employment.
Failing to stop at a stop sign is a sign of negligent driving, but fleeing the scene of an accident without even checking on the passengers of any car or pedestrian makes a driver appear even more irresponsible. A victim of a hit-and-run accident may be able to recover compensation in a civil suit for medical expenses, wages lost for missing work or even the trauma of having to go through such a stressful situation.
When injured because of someone else’s negligence, a victim deserves some financial relief from the drain an accident can cause.
Source: WPVI-TV Philadelphia, “DA: Philly cop fled crash, filed false claim,” Dec. 5, 2012