Q: If my license is suspended and I am driving my girlfriends truck when a cop hits me going through an intersection
with only his lights on and no sirens on— who is at fault for property damages and medical bills? The accident was undeniably his fault, but I did receive a must appear citation for driving while suspended- habitual violator.
A: If the police officer is more than 50% at fault for the collision, then the city he works for will be liable for that percentage of all your damages. Your damages will include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. The city most likely has some form of insurance to cover this event, and your DL status, while unhelpful, should not be a deciding factor on your amount of recovery. The help of a skilled attorney will likely be essential as the insurance company will almost certainly significantly undervalue the amount of your damages. There is a two year statute of limitation in Kansas on such a claim.
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