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Police officers are not immune to injury in car accidents

People are affected by car accidents every day. Some accidents are minor and cause little damage, both to vehicles and to the people involved. Other accidents are devastating, totaling cars and resulting in death to one or more people. Reports from the Colorado Springs Police department say that one of their own was injured in one of the many car accidents that occur on their roads.

Because of a power outage, the traffic light at one of the town’s intersections was not working. Police officers on patrol came to the intersection and stopped. As they proceeded, a car coming at them did not stop and collided with the patrol vehicle.

One of the officers complained of pains in his neck and head. He was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The person who had been driving the vehicle responsible for the accident was ticketed for driving without insurance as well as for careless driving.

Drivers who are found to be accountable for car accidents similar to the one described above may also be held liable for providing financial compensation to any victims injured in those accidents. Most victims will request an amount that would factor in medical bills and the costs of rehabilitation, emotional pain and suffering, and earnings that are lost from not being able to work. A claim of this type will sometimes help ensure that the negligent driver refrains from behavior leading to a similar outcome in the future. Finding someone who is knowledgeable about the regulations regarding personal injury lawsuits in Colorado will increase the likelihood of a favorable conclusion to a suit.

Source: krdo.com, “Colorado Springs police officer involved in accident”, Dec. 6, 2015

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