An injured bicyclist was rushed to a local hospital Monday evening after being struck by a Seattle Police Department patrol car, police officials told reporters.
According to KOMONews.com, the unidentified bicyclist was crossing the intersection of Pike Street and 3rd Avenue just after 5 p.m. when a police officer driving through the intersection crashed into the bicyclist. Witnesses said the officer was driving through the intersection with emergency lights on at the time of the collision.
Seattle Police Department (SPD) officials are investigating the collision, and a news reports indicate that it is unclear who may have been at fault for the incident. There was no information available indicating whether the police officer or the bicyclist had right-of-way at the time of the crash.
Determining Liability After a Bicycle Accident
Although police officers are given the right to bypass certain traffic safety laws – such as running a red light or stop sign, driving on the shoulder of a busy highway, or even driving on the wrong side of the roadway – they are still required to avoid causing injury or harm to innocent bystanders.
Even if the police officer was responding to an urgent call and had activated the warning lights and sirens when the crash occurred, the officer could still potentially be found liable for the bicyclist’s injuries and other damages. Of course, the official investigation into the collision will ideally reveal all of the facts of the crash and any other contributing factors.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision involving a police officer who was responding to a call, it’s important that you protect your own interests and legal rights by consulting with a qualified personal injury lawyer. We offer free consultations to injury victims, meaning you can speak with us about your case without any obligation to hire one of our attorneys.