Are police responsible if someone is killed because they initiated a high speed chase?

Unfortunately, in California, the answer appears to be “NO”.

California Vehicle Code Section 17004 states the following:

"A public employee is not liable for civil damages on account of personal injury to or death of any person or damage to property resulting from the operation, in the line of duty, of an authorized emergency vehicle while responding to an emergency call or when in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, or when responding to but not upon returning from a fire alarm or other emergency call."

Additionally, the US Supreme Court has also upheld the immunity of police when involved in high speed chases.

This is very unfortunate as over 10,000 people yearly are injured by police agencies involved in high speed chases often for very minor offenses. Although the CHP and other agencies have “Guidelines” for these chases, they are of very little help to someone severely injured or killed as a result.

If a loved one has died a wrongful death you may want to visit our page: Sacramento rongful Death Attorney.
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