Northampton, MA (July 4, 2018) – A pedestrian suffered injuries after being struck by a police cruiser in Northampton, Massachusetts on Tuesday. The collision took place in Pulaski Park while police were en route to a call about a suicidal person with a knife. The woman who was struck suffered non life-threatening injuries. She was transported to a nearby hospital to receive further evaluation, according to Northampton Police Chief Jodi Kasper.
The woman’s name has not been released. Police were able to apprehend the knife-wielding suspect with no additional injuries to anyone involved. It is unclear at this time if the responsible officer will be charged with hitting the pedestrian.
Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Police officers, like all other drivers, have a legal duty to obey the rules of the road. A police officer must refrain from negligent behaviors while driving their patrol car on duty. If an officer is negligent and their negligence leads to a collision, the officer as well as the police department can face legal responsibility for the injuries sustained. In this case, there are not enough details to say with certainty that the officer should be held legally responsible. The subsequent police investigation will reveal whether the officer was negligent by hitting the woman and whether the woman ultimately has a personal injury claim.
In our community, pedestrians are a common sight. Many people walk around our city on a daily basis for a number of reasons. Many times pedestrians are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and are involved in an accident with a vehicle. Pedestrians can be hit even while walking in clearly marked areas such as crosswalks. Drivers have a legal duty to pay attention to the road at all times to ensure that they are acting safely and taking care not to injure others. The results can be severe and catastrophic otherwise.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, we can help. At the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman we deal with pedestrian accidents frequently and we know how to handle these cases to ensure that you receive the recovery you deserve. To schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us today at 617-367-2900.
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