Sue the Police for a Car Accident? Really?
By Team at Zimmet & Zimmet, In Personal injury
Especially Complicated Cases
It was recently reported that a Port Orange police officer, Jason Robert Raynor, lost control of his vehicle en route to investigate a burglary in progress. The report notes that his police car crashed into parked cars outside of a bar on US1.
At Zimmet & Zimmet, we represent people injured by the negligence of government employees, including the police.
Police officers and all other government employees are protected by a law referred to as “sovereign immunity.” The law applies if the employees’ negligence occurred during the course and scope of their employment.
Employees of city governments, county governments, state governments and even special taxing districts are all protected by sovereign immunity. Halifax Hospital is an example of a taxing district in our community.
Even so, people injured by a government employee’s negligence can still bring lawsuits for their injuries.
However, the lawsuit is likely to be complicated. It is important then to hire a car accident lawyer Port Orange who knows both the pitfalls associated with sovereign immunity and how to avoid them.