Kansas City, MO (May 18, 2021) – Two police officers from Kansas City were injured and hospitalized when an impaired driver attempted to evade arrest on Saturday, May 15th.
The accident took place at about 5:00 p.m. in the area of East 44th Street and Flora Avenue when officers attempted to arrest the driver of a Cadillac CT5 who refused to get out of his car.
The two officers were trying to get the man out of the Cadillac when he began driving, dragging both officers along with the vehicle. The car then sideswiped a parked Nissan Sentra and then crashed into a Ford Escape.
One officer sustained non-critical injuries when he was tossed to the ground moments before the Cadillac struck the Nissan. The second officer was clinging to the passenger side of the Cadillac when it collided with the Ford. His injuries are also believed to be non-life-threatening.
The driver of the Cadillac received minor injuries during the impact.
The driver of the Ford Escape fled the scene. Investigators were able to determine that the vehicle had been reported stolen not long before the accident occurred.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Accidents Involving Impaired Drivers in Kansas City
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that one person was killed by a drunk driver every 48 minutes in 2017, indicating 10,874 people died in alcohol-related car accidents that year, representing 29% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. These numbers were nearly identical to 2016’s totals, which had not been that low since 1985.
From 2015 to 2017, in Missouri, 678 victims died in drunk driving accidents and another 2,045 were severely injured.
Similar to other kinds of car crashes, liability on the part of the intoxicated driver has to be established in order for you to obtain financial compensation for your damages. Damages in a drunk driving claim cover both economic and non-economic. Under very particular circumstances, punitive damages may also be sought because the driver showed gross negligence in their decision to drive drunk.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we take an aggressive approach to helping our clients recover after being injured in accidents. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys strive to help accident victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being harmed in preventable accidents.
Our Kansas City, Missouri personal injury attorneys understand the mental and emotional challenges victims face after being harmed. The financial impacts only make recovering more difficult. Our team is wholly committed to spending significant time and efforts on helping victims maximize their recoveries and we have a track record to prove it. With thousands of successful claims, we have helped our clients obtain a total of $500 million in claims.
We will stop at nothing to ensure your legal rights are protected after being harmed. Contact our Kansas City accident attorneys by calling 816-888-8888 to see how our team can help you.
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