March 20th, 2012 - by DKRPA
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel recently completed an investigation into the speeding tendencies of state police officers. Data uncovered by the paper showed that 800 officers drove between 90 and 130 miles per hour in one year, and one incident shows the dangers presented by recklessly speeding officers.
A 23-year-old man from Orlando, Florida was stopped at a red light when a policeman — who was travelling 100 miles per hour, was not responding to an emergency situation and did not have his siren or lights on — smashed into his car. He suffered horrific injuries in the car accident that paralyzed him and left him brain dead.
Though his family was awarded $2 million for the incident, the compensation will only cover four years of medical expenses for the man who will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
It is an extreme and unfortunate example of what can happen when police officers put the pedal to the floor. Then again, from 2004 to 2010 there were 230 crashes and 21 fatalities in Florida involving a speeding officer.
We expect law enforcement to protect the public and display good moral character while doing so. When the authorities are negligent in their actions, people can get hurt. Sometimes an officer needs to travel at great speeds to catch a speeding driver or to get to a crime scene. But what the Sun-Sentinel has found is a greater indictment – officers abusing their power to exceed speed limits.
If you have suffered injuries from a needlessly speeding police officer, there are legal avenues you can go down to receive a just reward. Consult a personal injury attorney who can support you as you seek the compensation you deserve.
Source: CBS News, “Extreme police speeding investigated in Florida,” Mark Strassmann, Mar. 20, 2012