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Albuquerque Police Chase and Pursuit

Posted by attorney Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Police Chase and Pursuits

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for bystanders and innocent motorists to suffer personal injuries nd sometimes wrongful death, during police pursuits. According to data from the FBI, there are 300 deaths each year as a result of police chases. Innocent bystanders and motorists are the victims in 40% of these chases.

At Caruso Law Offices our auto accident attorneys understand the devastating effect an accident can have on victims and their family. We support law enforcement and all of those protecting our citizens. But we will fight to protect our clients if the law enforcement officer was negligent in the operation of his/her vehicle.

Unfortunately, there are instances when chases are unnecessary or when they are not performed in accordance with police procedures. In these cases, only a lawyer who is experienced in bringing a claims on behalf of victims of a negligent police officers can successfully pursue a claim on behalf of an injured victim. In these instances, Caruso Law Offices with our proven track record of representing injured pedestrians and motorists in Albuquerque and other counties throughout New Mexico can help you fight for compensation for medical expenses and other losses related to the accident. Call us at (505) 883-5000 if you have any questions. We offer a free consultation with an attorney to confidentially discuss your claim.

Negligent Pursuit and Police Chases

Over the years Caruso Law Offices has represented many families who have been affected by negligent police officers. Written policies provided to every officer set out specific procedures regarding safe pursuit. Often, either acting alone or as a result of a department's approach to chases, individual officers will disregard these procedures. The officers then continue the chase well beyond the point when it is clear that the danger to the public outweighs the need to catch the suspect.

Often, the police can obtain a license tag number and use other investigative techniques to determine the identity of the driver without putting the public in danger. Avoiding pursuit at high speeds helps to avoid endangering innocent third parties.

If you have been injured during a police chase or pursuit or any vehicular accident caused by a police officer, contact Caruso Law Offices today at (505) 883-5000. Because of New Mexico's strict Tort Claims Act you are required to give written notice to the government entity and file a lawsuit by specific deadlines. Failure to do so will void your entire claim. That's why it is so important to call us today.

A lawyer with our office can help you hold the negligent or reckless police officer accountable for your injuries and accountable for his or her decisions and actions whether it be in Albuquerque or throughout New Mexico. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of our injury victims. We can help you, too.

Taking on law enforcement officers who refuse to follow procedure and injure someone is something that many lawyers refuse to do. At Caruso Law Offices we believe that no one - police officers included - is above the law. Good officers agree with us. Negligent ones who injure or kill innocent victims in police pursuits must be held accountable.

Call us today for a free consultation with an attorney at (505) 883-5000 or email us at Also, please visit our web site at We offer statewide representation, and can meet with you at our office, your home or other location that is convenient for you.

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