Those who spend a higher-than-average amount of time on the road because of their jobs or lifestyles are often at an increased risk of being involved in a car accident. Even if such a person exercises the utmost caution at all times, it is impossible to control the actions of other drivers on the road. When victims suffer fatal or non-fatal injuries in a car accident, these victims and their family members have rights. If the crash was caused by the negligence of another driver involved, victims or their families may wish to hold those responsible for the accident accountable for their losses.
One type of occupation that requires a lot of time on the road is that of a highway patrol officer. Recently, a highway patrol officer in New York was sent to the hospital with serious injuries. According to reports, a pickup truck struck his patrol vehicle just before noon. The officer was waiting alongside the road, looking for a vehicle that was reportedly weaving in traffic. This vehicle ended up being the pickup truck.
The pickup truck driver was identified as a 23-year-old man. He received medical attention at the scene and was said to have suffered minor injuries. Summonses were issued to the man for unsafe lane changing and reckless driving. The police officer, on the other hand, was said to have suffered serious injuries.
Serious injuries resulting from car accidents can be life altering. Victims may no longer be able to enjoy the same quality of life they once enjoyed. What’s more, they are often left financially devastated. Medical expenses and other accident costs can prove quite burdensome. Thankfully, a successful negligence lawsuit can help to alleviate some of this financial strain, so victims do not have to suffer further in an already painful time.
Source: NBC New York, “Pickup truck hits LI police car, injuring officer,” July 11, 2014