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Police officer's mistake injures two children in MD. car accident

It is a peace officer's responsibility to serve and protect the community and to the best of their ability keep the public from harm. But on occasion, an officer can make a mistake that causes another to be injured. When such an injury occurs, while the officer is in hot pursuit of a criminal or simply not paying close attention to the road while driving, the injured victim or victims may be compensated for their injuries.

Recently, two Maryland children were severely injured in a car accident with a police officer's vehicle when the officer made an illegal U-turn. The officer's car then crashed into a car travelling in the opposite direction with two adults and two children. The accident happened in Anne Arundel County and the officer involved in the accident was from the neighboring county and was unfamiliar with the county. The two children, ages 11 and 4, were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The two adults in the car with the children were not seriously injured from the accident.

In accidents where police come to the scene of the crime and file an official report, the report can be used as a neutral assessment of what happened at the accident. At times the report can be an incredibly important document for proving fault. But in this instance, with an officer involved in the accident, there may not be a detailed neutral report for the victim to use in a court of law. However, an experienced attorney should be able to find other evidence to prove that the officer caused the accident and ensuing injuries.

Source: My Fox DC, "2 kids injured in Md. crash involving police car," June 9, 2013

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