Any driver who has had flashing blue lights in their rear-view mirror knows the fear and anxiety that is associated with that moment. Imagine if a police car negligently crashed into your vehicle. This is the situation a senior citizen of Mississippi faced. This car accident proved to be fatal to the citizen driver involved in the accident.
The collision occurred on October 13, 2014 on U.S. Highway 49 near Camp Shelby. A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer pursued the 81-year-old driver for allegedly speeding. The officer crashed into the vehicle. The 81-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident. The Highway Patrol officer is now being charged with manslaughter due to his alleged culpable negligence. The officer was treated with non-life threatening injuries at the scene. Though this occurred in South Mississippi, the fact that it involves a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer during the course of his duties should make it of interest to Corinth residents.
Negligence is characterized by the elements of duty, breach, causation and damages. Here the duty is to operate a vehicle safely. Breach is an act that violates duty that is prescribed. In order for there to be causation, there must be a failure to meet the required duty is the direct cause of the injury. Finally, the injury must result in some measure of damages for there to be negligence.
Anyone who is involved in a car accident may benefit from seeking the advice of legal counsel. A lawyer may be able to help you recover lost wages and medical expenses. Whether it’s a soft tissue injury or a major neck injury, an attorney will work hard in pursuit of compensation for clients.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger, “Ex-MHP trooper charged with manslaughter,” June 20, 2015