Police may now be held liable for damages if their negligent high-speed chases lead to the injury or death of innocent people. This is true due to a landmark judgment recently made by the Kentucky Supreme Court that overruled a 1952 decision granting blanket immunity to police against damages and injuries suffered by someone as a result of a police chase. Victims who suffered injury or the family members of victims that were killed during a police chase can sue the police officer involved or the department.
There are several causes of vehicular accidents. Some of the factors that cause these fatal accidents may be distractions, impaired driving or speeding. However, with all of these factors, alcohol seems to be a common theme. Residents of Kentucky are not new to the accidents caused due to driving under the influence of alcohol. In a recent incident, a 37-year-old woman is charged with driving under the influence and has been arrested in connection with a deadly crash in Lexington.