Deaths as a result of police pursuits occur all over the nation. However, in the state of South Carolina, the number of deaths is much higher than in most other states. Among these deaths are many losses that could have been prevented if police officers had behaved differently. If your loved one has died as the result of a police pursuit, you may be able to file a claim with the help of an experienced accident attorney.
About Police Pursuit Deaths in South Carolina
Unfortunately, many of the deaths that occur during police pursuits are deaths of bystanders, not the subject of the charge. According to The State, at least one in 10 of the high-speed police pursuits conducted in the state of South Carolina during the past decade has led to the injury or death of an innocent bystander. When considering deaths of the subject of the pursuit as well, the statistic climbs to one in three. This data includes police pursuits that were initiated because of nonviolent crimes, such as traffic violations.
According to a review of data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, South Carolina is among the top 10 when it comes to deaths per capita related to police pursuits.
Help for Victims
When police chases are initiated over nonviolent crimes, many question whether they are worth the risk they pose to the public. Especially if these chases result in the injury or death of an innocent individual.
Although no amount of compensation can erase the pain and suffering related to these incidents, victims and their families can take action. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a South Carolina police pursuit, please contact the Ryan Montgomery Law Firm today to learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation.