Woman Injured In Berkeley Car Accident After Being Hit By Berkeley Police Car Near The Intersection of Sacramento Street and Allston Way
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA (July 20, 2021) – A female pedestrian was injured in a car accident with a Berkeley police officer making a left turn near the intersection of Sacramento Street and Allston Way.
Berkeley police officials are saying that the accident took place on July 14th. A Berkeley police officer stopped at a red light and then began making a left turn onto Sacramento street. The officer collided with a woman in the crosswalk.
Berkeley officers are claiming at the police officer was traveling around 10 mph. But the victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that the officer was going much faster than 10 mph. The police officer involved claims that he did not see the woman in the crosswalk.
Angelina Gabrielli, who is an off duty EMT, attempted to help the woman who was hit. But the police officer involved told her to leave the scene and that she wasn’t needed. Angelina Gabrielli took to twitter and said “They failed to render aid, even though they’re first responders.” “They tried to rush me off scene before I handed her off to the next person in the chain of care, which would be a paramedic or higher,” she continued.
Eventually the woman that was struck by the police officer and was taken to the hospital around 5:00 a.m. with a fractured knee and swollen right foot. Berkeley police officials have since confirmed that the officer involved was on duty at the time of the accident.
Liability In Berkeley Pedestrian Accidents Involving Police Cars
All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles. This is especially true when drivers are making left turns. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians and other vehicles close enough so as to pose a hazard. When drivers hit pedestrians while making left turns they will typically be held at fault. There are number of factors that could contribute to a police officer striking a pedestrian:
- The officer involved could have been intoxicated. Police officers have incredibly difficult jobs and regularly undergo traumatic experiences. This can lead to stress which many officers cope with in unhealthy ways including substance abuse, according to one report by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
- Police officers may be distracted. Police officers must deal with traffic and are constantly being bombarded with calls and requests. It’s not uncommon for police officers to check their computer while driving. All of this can distract officers which then leads to pedestrians being hit.
- Police officers may have been driving at an unsafe speed. It’s not uncommon for officers to speed. This is typically legal – insofar as those officers were responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on. When an officer is not responding to an emergency they must use the same level of care as other drivers.
When a police officer is negligent and strikes a pedestrian they could be held at fault through a civil claim. The department that they work for could also be held at fault. Police departments are typically liable for the negligent actions of their officers. But the officer has to have been on-duty and working within the course of their employment when the accident took place. Victims of pedestrian accidents ten to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Even after the physical injuries of an accident heal victims are often left with long-lasting psychological trauma. The prevalence and severity of PTSD after an accident will go up depending on whether or not a victim perceived their life to be in danger after an accident. Victims of accidents involving Berkeley police officers do have legal recourse. They can sue the police department involved through a bodily injury claim. A civil claim can help victim’s recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Berkeley Police Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our best wishes to the woman who was injured in this accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim and so that similar accidents can be averted. The Berkeley PD needs to do more than just issue an apology for the accident. They should accept full responsibility for what happened and help make the victim whole. Sadly, this almost never happens.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Berkeley police car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.