Distracted driving is an ongoing problem in Missouri and across the nation. The issue has become so troubling that legislators and law enforcement are eagerly seeking strategies to put a stop to it and hammer home the dangers to drivers so they stop doing it. Unfortunately, it continues. Along with it come accidents with injuries and fatalities. No one is immune from an auto accident and all have the right to be compensated after a crash. That includes law enforcement officers who are hurt in a distracted driving accident. Having legal assistance is one of the most important factors in pursuing a case.
A law enforcement officer was injured when he was rear-ended by a distracted driver. The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. The officer had pulled his cruiser to the side of the interstate to help another driver. Before he exited the vehicle, his car was hit in the back by another vehicle. The officer suffered injuries to his back and neck and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The officer’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The vehicle that rear-ended his cruiser stayed at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
The problem of distracted driving has grown so prevalent that when any auto accident happens, it is one of the first things considered when determining a cause. Although the attempts to tamp down on distracting behaviors behind the wheel are ongoing, the accidents are a consistent issue. People who are injured or lose a loved one in a distracted driving crash will have medical costs, lost wages, the possible need for extensive help for the basics of daily living, and more. When there is a fatality, people will need financial help with the funeral expenses and the personal and financial factors that will inevitably arise after an unexpected death. A lawsuit can help.
A law enforcement officer suffered injuries when his cruiser was hit by an apparent distracted driver. As the officer recovers and the investigation continues, it is important for the officer to remember the potential problems that can arise negatively impacting his work and his civilian life. Discussing a legal filing with a law firm that is experienced in helping those who have been injured in distracted driving car accidents can provide information and guidance in how to proceed.