K9Vic said:The officer clearly stopped, twice from what I see to avoid the first two cars. Then there was sufficient 360 coverage on the lightbar for the woman to have seen the police car in the intersection. This is an open and shut case, the woman was at fault and the video does not lie from the traffic camera. Got to wonder if they filed the suit before they knew there was video?
This is exactly my response as well. CA doesn't require us to stop before entering, but it does require us to exercise due caution. He did a good job before entering. But it all came apart at some point.mcpd2025 said:Well, from MY perspective, knowing the laws in the state of Maryland, the officer is at fault. When responding code 3, I do not have to stop at a red light, there is nothat says I must. However, I must operate my vehicle with due regard. I believe that the officer showed due regard prior to entering the intersection, but then continued through without ensuring that the intersection was still clear. While there is no question in my mind that the driver of the van should have seen the cop car, it is obvious that she didn't see it. When I approach an intersection, if any vehicle is capable of reaching me before I clear the intersection, I wait for them to slow down and acknowledge me before pulling in front of them. I believe it is worth taking the extra 5 seconds per intersection to increase the changes of getting their safely.
re: suing i know in new jersey if you are injured in an mva in order to have the other parties ins pay for it you have to sue them . My wife was hit by someone coming out of a side street so it was the other parties fault. In order for the doctors bill to be covered by the other party she would have to sue them.fp13-2 said:Obviously we don't have all the details, however, I won't go through a red light until I make eye contact with the vehicles around me, and see that all lanes are stopped, even if that means sitting there for 10-15 second with the sirens blaring. I never, ever trust anyone in an intersection.
The woman may not have heard as much from the siren as we would like to think, since she was perpendicular to the police car. Head on, they are great. From the side, when you're doing 40+mph, it's a lot harder to see.
Is there fault on both parties, most likely. Should she be suing, absolutely not.