Officers of the Woodland Police Department (WPD) reported that the accident occurred at about 7:49 p.m. close to the intersection of East Gibson Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. The crash reportedly happened between two vehicles but the circumstances of the crash were not given in detail.
Reports indicated that the collision involved a deputy from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office who had been driving an unmarked vehicle owned by the county.
Response and Injuries
WPD responded to the accident after receiving reports indicating individuals may have received major traumatic injuries. At the accident scene, it was discovered that the deputy had not been injured. The two occupants of the other vehicle were found with serious injuries and taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.
Updates on the condition of the injured individuals were not available at the time of reporting.
This accident is still under investigation by authorities. WPD has not reported what factors they believe to have been involved in causing the collision. Possible causal factors include things such as distracted driving, DUI, speeding, traffic violations, and more.
Claims Against Government Drivers
Sometimes, government vehicles and their drivers have what is called immunity from liability. Immunity from liability applies when emergency personnel are acting in the interest of public welfare in a situation such as responding to an emergency. When this is the case, accidents caused by government drivers are judged by a standard of care that is applicable to a reasonable person in the given circumstance.
However, a government driver shouldn’t cause accidents while driving under normal circumstances. Drivers of vehicles such as ambulances, police cars, and fire engines are expected to exercise a duty of care while driving and failure to do so can create liability.
Difficulties of Suing Government Entities
Bringing a claim against a government driver for causing a collision requires a deep understanding of the Federal and California Tort Claims Acts. Only attorneys who have adequate experience with such claims are able to fully protect your rights and help you obtain the repayments that you deserve for your financial, emotional, and physical damages.
Additionally, lawsuits filed against government entities need to be filed within six months or 180 days from the date of the incident. This statute of limitations is much shorter than the normal time-frame for filing injury claims, which are usually allowed two years after the accident date. While the stated reasoning for the shorter time-frame is to notify the government of dangers and defects that need to be addressed, it also allows the government a significant advantage in cases involving parties who aren’t aware of this particular time constraint. For more information contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Woodland.
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