Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Baltimore City Accident SettlementApril 25, 2017
The city of Baltimore recently settled a lawsuit involving a high-speed chase with city police. The Board of Estimates, which is overseen by Mayor Catherine Pugh, will be distributing a $500,000 settlement to the families of three people who were injured in a collision involving a vehicle being pursued by Baltimore police. Two of the three victims were fatally injured in the wreck, which occurred in September of 2013.
A 28-year-old man who was facing drug distribution charges was driving a Honda Accord in the 2500 block of Harford Road. Police smelled marijuana and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled and police followed. The chase lasted for 4.3 miles, with the suspect’s vehicle reaching approximately 100 mph in a 30 mph zone. Dispatchers ordered the officers to abandon the chase shortly before the suspect ran through a red light and slammed into an SUV. The suspect and the passengers in both vehicles were killed, and the driver of the SUV sustained severe injuries.
Baltimore Police Officers Cleared of Wrongdoing
At the time of the car accident, Baltimore police officers were forbidden from pursuing suspects at high speeds unless there were extreme mitigating circumstances. Records show that the police car was traveling between 75 and 84 mph seconds before the crash. Despite instructions to abandon the chase if speeds got too high, the police car dropped back and continued to pursue the suspect. Baltimore prosecutors investigated the case for any signs of reckless behavior or rule violation from the officers but declined to bring any charges.
The settlement amount of $500,000 is the maximum payout from a local government allowed by the state of Maryland in a suit involving a single auto accident. Payments will be made to the families of the passengers in both vehicles who were fatally injured, and the driver of the SUV, who is still recovering from his injuries. The specific amounts being distributed to each family has not been disclosed. Baltimore officials opted to settle instead of putting the case in front of a jury due to conflicting accounts of the incident and the extent of the injuries sustained in the collision.
Trash Truck Lawsuit Also Settled
Baltimore city will also settle a lawsuit involving a pedestrian killed by a city garbage truck. The victim had the right of way while crossing at the intersection of South Charles Street and East Fort Avenue, when he was struck by a trash truck making a left turn on a green light. The victim sustained a number of injuries, including severe brain trauma, and did not survive the car accident. A settlement in the sum of $350,000 is expected to be paid to his estate.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, call the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our knowledgeable, dedicated lawyers will thoroughly review the facts of your case to determine who is at fault for your injuries and fight to win you the full compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer.
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