Wisconsin moped driver suing over injuries from squad car crash
A moped driver who was hit by a police car this fall is suing Wood County, the local sheriff’s department, the deputy that hit him and the insurance companies. The man was apparently driving down a highway when a deputy in a squad car approached and hit him head-on, causing the man to fall onto the hood of the vehicle and then onto the road. The lawsuit filings allege that the deputy had taken his eyes off of the road to use his cell phone when he hit the man.
There are no records from the deputy’s cell phone that indicate that he was calling or texting at that time, but he did receive a citation for inattentive driving as a result of the crash.
It is unclear at this time what the man’s specific injuries are. He was treated at a local hospital and released shortly after the accident. He is pursuing damages for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, suffering, and possible permanent disability.
Suing a government employee who was on the job when the accident occurred can be difficult. In some circumstances, the employee themselves may not be liable for the damage if they were acting in accordance with government policy. Similar issues can arise with the government entity itself under certain circumstances. It is not likely that governmental immunity applies in this case.
If the man is permanently disabled by this Michigan car accident, he may be eligible to recover for lifelong medical expenses and any other costs that arise as a result of the disability.