Two Separate Car Accidents Were Caused by Speeding Police Officers

A recent AJC article detailed two car accidents caused by police officers driving at high speeds. Both police officers were en route to backup other officers and both police officers were reportedly speeding. And, while accidents are bound to happen involving police officers, some crashes could be prevented if officers were held more accountable by their department.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Donald Crozier was on his way to assist another officer in a chase when his vehicle slammed into a SUV, killing one passenger and injuring the other three. Crozier was fired after the initial investigation revealed him failing to slow down enough while running the red light at the scene.

Gwinnett County Officer James Stoudenmire’s 2006 Snellville accident claimed the life of one man. Responding to a backup call, Stoudenmire was excessively speeding without flashing lights or sirens turned, according to the report. His car collided with the 52-year-old’s vehicle in U.S. 78 in Snellville. Stoudenmire was suspended without pay after the accident based on the circumstances of the accident and his good crash record.

By state law, police officers do have the leeway to not follow the rules of the road when responding to emergencies. They can speed, weave through traffic and run red lights. They are trained to exercise “due care” for other drivers on the road, making sure to use lights and sirens.

In 2010, police officers who responded to calls were involved in 84 fatal crashes, and yet, the data showed that only half of those calls were classified as emergencies. That information was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s voluntary data collection from law enforcement agencies.

Government employed police officers should be well trained in response calls. Kalka & Baer’s Snellville accident attorneys note accountability, good policies and training programs as important tactics to preventing police officer crashes. If you have been injured due to a police officer accident, you should hire an accident lawyer to handle your case. At Kalka & Baer, we are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents, whether in Snellville or Atlanta.

Categories: Auto Accidents