Montgomery County Police Officer Was Chasing Suspected Drunk Driver When He Was Struck And Killed By A Police Cruiser

Montgomery County Police Officer Luke Hoffman was chasing a suspected drunken driver on foot last Wednesday when he was hit by a police car on Old Georgia Avenue in Aspen Hill. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died from his injuries.

Hoffman, 24, had been chasing a suspected drunken driver on the road, when the suspect got out of his car and ran off. Hoffman went after the man on foot also and that is when the police car, driven by Officer Stephen Wolsey, hit Hoffman. Wolsey then drove his cruiser off the roadway and into an embankment where it hit a tree. Wolsey was treated and released for his injuries.

Hoffman began working for the police department in January 2006. He worked the midnight shift with the Fourth District.

Personal Injury Case

When a person is injured as a result of another person’s negligence or carelessness, the injured party may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover financial damages for their injury, loss, suffering, lost wages, damage to property, and other expenses.

Although you can file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company, you may also want to consider suing for damages. If you decide to go this route, it is important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you. They can help you obtain a larger recovery because they have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the extent of injuries and damage, factor in any treatment or care you may need to recover, and fight for your right to receive fair compensation.

You must file your personal injury claim before the statute of limitations in your state for filing a personal injury claim runs out. Personal injury lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay an attorney any legal fees unless he or she wins your case for you. Legal fees paid to the attorney you retain will come from a percentage of your recovery amount.

Wrongful Death Case

In the event that you have lost a loved one in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may want to consider speaking with a personal injury law firm who knows how to successfully file a wrongful death lawsuit for you.

Lebowitz and Mzhen is a personal injury law firm that has successfully represented many clients in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. Our recovery success stories include a $900,000 recovery for a client whose leg had to be amputated in an accident involving a motorcycle and motor vehicle and helping the family of a patient who wrongfully died at a local hospital recover $300,000.

If you would like to speak to a personal injury attorney, contact Lebowitz and Mzhen for your free consultation.

Montgomery officer dies after accident, Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2007

Related Web Resources:

Summary of State Wrongful Death and Intestacy Statutes

Montgomery County Police Department

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