Nearly a year ago, the woman was crossing through an intersection on a green light when a police car slammed into the side of her vehicle. The loss of her arm was only one of her injuries from the collision. She claims neither the blue lights nor the siren on the front of the police vehicle were activated in an effort to warn other drivers of its approach. Police who responded to the scene contradicted the woman’s claims, saying both warning signals were on. The proof needed from the dashcam of the police vehicle has not been released to the public.
The officer has recently been indicted for two felonies and two misdemeanors but was not suspended from duty at the time of the hearing. However, the following day, the officer was listed as being in a paid, yet suspended duty status and will remain so until a hearing with the city’s police chief. There has already been a settlement in a civil suit against the city, and the injured woman is now seeking justice in the criminal courts.
The physical and emotional injuries received in a reckless driving incident can heal quickly or can be permanent, as in this woman’s case. A lawsuit may garner a financial award that can help ease worries over bills that may accumulate as a result of disabling injuries. An experienced Georgia attorney can help a client in his or her pursuit of a settlement sum that could potentially be larger than an insurance payout.