NBCDFW reports that two carjacking suspects fleeing pursuit by the police crashed into a dentist’s office. The suspected carjackers managed to run away from the scene, but were quickly apprehended by police at a nearby apartment complex, according to the report.
The victim of the alleged carjacking had been beaten physically before the suspects allegedly stole his car. The victim was with police officers during the incident, and the police officers could not engage in pursuit of the suspects with the victim in the car.
The suspects were 16 and 20 years old and have been taken to jail over the incident.
Some of the property damage that occurs during car accidents doesn’t have anything to do with another vehicle. In fact, even though this case involved a police pursuit, there are plenty of instances every year when a driver crashes into a house or another fixed structure. This sort of an incident can result in significant property damage and may necessitate a lawsuit to recover that money.
When Can You Sue?
Only a Dallas car wreck lawyer can tell you for certain whether or not there is a valid reason for you to file a lawsuit, but there are some overarching characteristics of lawsuits that anybody can understand.
Lawsuits are filed over negligence. In the case above, the suspects who crashed into the property may or may not be liable for being sued over crashing into the building. It depends upon whether or not a jury would find that they were negligent and whether the jury found, further, that the negligence of the drivers was the proximate cause of the damages.
Because negligence can mean not taking reasonable care, it is likely that somebody who crashed into a building under such circumstances would be a prime target for a lawsuit. After all, the property owner did nothing to bring that accident upon themselves and fleeing the police is most certainly something that likely involve some degree of negligence, in addition to criminal activity.
Talking to an attorney under these circumstances is generally the best move that somebody who was injured or had their property destroyed can take. Until you speak with an attorney, you can’t really be sure whether or not you should go ahead and file a lawsuit. If you do have good cause to file a lawsuit, there are time limitations on how long you have to do so, so it’s imperative that you act soon.
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