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HOOPA: Tractor Operator Injured In Police Car Accident on the Thomas Devore Bridge Over the Mad River


Jul 4, 2019

Thomas Devore Bridge Car Accident: Tractor Operator Injured In Hoopa Police Car Accident on the Thomas Devore Bridge Over the Mad River  Near West Bank Road In Humboldt County

HOOPA, CALIFORNIA (July 4, 2019) – Multiple people were injured in a three vehicle accident involving a tractor, a Hoopa police car and a Honda on the Thomas Devore Bridge.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place sometime around 6:00 p.m. A Hoopa police vehicle transporting one person to jail rear-ended a John Deere tractor. 

A Honda civic was also hit during the collision. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time. 

An ambulance was called to the scene in order to help the victims. A picture of the scene of the accident showed the mangled John Deere tractor. 

Liability In Police Vehicle Accidents

Determining liability in an accident with a police vehicle requires examining a number of factors. Police officers are agents of the state. If they are negligent and cause an accident, the city or county that employs them could face civil liability. According to California Vehicle Code 17001, “A public entity is liable for death or injury to person or property proximately caused by a negligent or wrongful act or omission in the operation of any motor vehicle by an employee of the public entity acting within the scope of his employment.” 

However, emergency vehicles will typically be immune from liability if they were responding to an emergency. In the event of an emergency, authorized vehicles must use their lights and sirens in order to warn other drivers about their presence. When emergency vehicles are not using lights and sirens they must obey traffic laws like everyone else. If a police vehicle rear-ends another car during a non-emergency the district that the officer works for will likely be held at fault. 

Any person that is injured in an accident with a police vehicle may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case.

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been injured in this accident. The CHP should conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. Any person that may have seen the accident should come forward and speak with investigators.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident with a police vehicle. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in anyway that we can. We can investigate your case and let you know what your options are. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime (888) 888-9285.

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