Earlier this month, an on-duty Georgia police officer hit and killed two best friends as they were crossing the street in Barnesville. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred early in the morning on Friday, March 16. Evidently, it was the victim’s birthday, and he was celebrating it with his best friend, the other victim. The two walked to a local convenience store to pick up some snacks, and on the way back they were hit and killed by the police officer.
Apparently, the police officer had recently given up on trying to apprehend a dangerous driver when he struck the two friends. The officer had just turned off his lights and sirens when he entered the intersection. A statement released from the police claimed that the officer tried to swerve at the last minute, but that he was unable to avoid the collision. The officer was not injured in the accident and is currently on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
The intersection, near Highway 7 and Grove Street in Barnesville, is known as a dangerous one. In fact, a young boy was killed at the very same intersection not too long ago.
Injuries Caused By Government Employees
Government officials, like everyone else, are human and are capable of mistakes. The law recognizes that government officials can sometimes be liable for accidents, and allows the accident victim to recover as they would if the driver was a private citizen. In other words, the fact that the driver in this case was a police officer will not likely decrease the accident victim’s families’ chances of obtaining a recovery for the death of their loved ones.
On the contrary, when an accident is caused by a government employee, the accident victim (or the accident victim’s family, in a wrongful death action) may be able to hold the city, state, or local government office accountable for their injuries or loss.
In many cases, government officials have immunity from suit. However, when an official acts negligently and causes harm to someone else, that immunity is waived. To find out more about government immunity and to speak to a lawyer about your case, call Miller Legal Services today.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence or recklessness of a government employee or government official, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or loss. By naming the government entity as a defendant, the likelihood of collecting an award increases, since governments allocate funds for these types of lawsuits. At Miller Legal Services, we have a dedicated team of Georgia personal injury attorneys who have the experience and knowledge necessary to bring any personal injury suit. To learn more, contact the firm online, or call 770-284-3727.
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“Rescue Doctrine” Discussed in Recent Court of Appeals Case, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April 30, 2014.
Distracted Driving Cited as Cause for Georgia Traffic Death, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, May 7, 2014.