Suing a Police Officer for a Rear-End Accident in Texas
If you have been rear-ended by a police officer in Texas, you may be wondering if you can sue them. The answer is yes, but there are some important things you need to know.
First, you need to understand that police officers are not immune from liability for their negligence. However, the law governing lawsuits against police officers is different from the law governing lawsuits against ordinary citizens. In Texas, police officers are protected by the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA). The TTCA allows you to sue a police officer for negligence, but only if the officer's negligence caused your injuries and the officer was acting within the scope of their employment.
In order to prove that the police officer's negligence caused your injuries, you will need to show that the officer failed to act in a reasonable manner. This means that the officer must have violated a duty of care that they owed to you. For example, if the police officer was driving too fast or was not paying attention to the road, they may have violated their duty of care to you.
You will also need to show that the officer's negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries. This means that the officer's negligence must have been a substantial factor in causing your injuries. If your injuries would have occurred even if the police officer had not been negligent, you cannot recover damages from the officer.
Finally, you need to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a lawsuit against a police officer is two years. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident.
If you have been rear-ended by a police officer in Texas, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can help you file a lawsuit if necessary.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind if you are considering suing a police officer for a rear-end accident:
The police department may have its own internal investigation into the accident. This investigation is separate from any civil lawsuit that you may file.
The police department may also offer you a settlement. This is a payment from the department to compensate you for your injuries. You should not accept a settlement without first speaking to an attorney.
If you do file a lawsuit, the police department will likely defend the case vigorously. The department will have its own lawyers and investigators who will work to protect the officer's interests.
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident involving a police officer, it is important to get legal help right away. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Here are some of the damages that you may be able to recover in a lawsuit against a police officer for a rear-end accident:
Pain and suffering
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident involving a police officer, please contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and help you determine your legal options.