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Three-Car Crash Involving Merced Police Officer

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September 05, 2017
Edward Smith

Three-Car Crash Involving Merced Police Officer

Three-Car Crash Involving Merced Police Officer

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced auto accident attorney. A three-car crash involving a Merced police officer took place on the night of Friday, August 25, 2017. The details of the incident appear below.

What Happened?

An officer from the Merced Police Department was responding to a call of a structure fire near Olive Avenue at approximately 10:00 pm. The officer was traveling westbound along Olive Avenue in the vicinity of Austin Avenue. The officer was allegedly looking north and did not notice traffic stopped ahead of his vehicle. Traffic was stopped in the right lane when the police car rear-ended a Toyota Camry. The impact of the collision propelled the Toyota into the rear-end of a Chevrolet sedan.

Was Anybody Injured?

Reports indicated that airbag deployment occurred in the police vehicle. However, it is not yet known whether the Merced officer suffered injuries. The 41-year-old woman driving the Chevrolet complained of pain to her shoulder. Authorities indicated that no one else was injured in the accident.

What Caused the Accident?

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined by authorities. It usually takes one to two weeks for investigators to process a Traffic Collision Report. The Merced Police Department handed over the traffic collision investigation to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) since it involved one of its officers. Investigators suspect that distracted driving may have played a role in the crash. Additional details regarding the collision have not yet been released.

Accidents Involving Government Vehicles

Accidents involving government vehicles have a dramatically shorter statute of limitations than that of a personal injury claim, which is typically two years. A person must file a claim within six months, or 180 days, from the date of their injury or the loss of their loved one. The reason for the shorter time-frame is to inform the government of any dangers or defects it needs to address. The government also will need to plan a budget for any trials or settlements in advance. For more information, contact an experienced Merced auto accident attorney.

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