Five Injured After Crash Involving SD Police Car
On Sunday evening, September 28 th, several victims were injured following a collision in Barrio Logan involving a San Diego patrol car, civilian motorist, and eight cyclists. According to officials, the police officer was traveling south on Cesar Chavez shortly after 4:00 pm to respond to a domestic violence call when he collided with another vehicle heading east on Harbor Drive.
As a result of the collisions, the patrol car veered onto a nearby sidewalk and into a group of eight cyclists, all of whom were tourists from Brazil. Both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle suffered multiple injuries, and several bicycle riders suffered injuries as well. The police officer was also transported to the hospital.
After the collision, concerns were raised over whether the police officer, who was a block away from the call at the time of the collision, was driving with lights or sirens activated. In an interview with the driver and passenger injured in the accident, both stated that the San Diego Police Department should investigate the incident and reevaluate policies for responding to calls.
Motorists are required by law to yield to law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights and sirens activated. While responding to calls, emergency vehicles will often travel at high rates of speed through opposite lanes of traffic or through intersections. If they don't use their sirens to warn other motorists and clear intersections, they endanger themselves and others on the road.
Determining fault in auto accidents is a challenging process. Still, no one is immune from being held at fault. At The McClellan Law Firm, our San Diego car accident attorneys work diligently to protect the rights of accident victims by holding the at-fault party accountable for their negligent or wrongful acts, no matter who they may be.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a preventable auto accident, contact our firm to learn how we can help.