Who is at fault? Who has the right to sue?

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Who is at fault? Who has the right to sue?

As workers drive up to an electrical substation they see a man outside the fence. He has nothing in his hands but the workers suspect him of stealing and rush towards him. As the man tries to walk away the workers surround him. They threaten him with violence and remind him there is 8 of them and only one of him. Eventually the man makes it to his vehicle and gets in to leave. The workers get into two of their vehicles and pursue the man at very high speeds, trying to run him off the road with their two vehicles, running stop lights and disregarding all traffic safety laws. The chase stops and starts several times and the workers become more hostile trying to rush the man’s vehicle before he takes off again. Trying to get away from the 8 workers trying to assault him the man runs a red light and hit another vehicle almost head on. The man is injured as well as the two people in the vehicle he ran into. Who is at fault?

Asked on February 27, 2016 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the attackers are the source of the issue, then the man being chased has the right to sue.  Even if the man was attempting to rob a facility, general citizens are not authorized to engage in these types of high speed chases and threaten people. 


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