Even Cops Get Into Car Accidents As Shown in Arkansas Case
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2011 - Being a cop these days is not an easy job. The risks they take on a daily basis often see many injured in the line of duty.
“Take this reported case,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “The officer was parked on the side of the road, doing traffic watches for a ticket campaign to warn drivers about speeding and other road hazards, when another car rammed into his cruiser.”
The officer on duty had already flagged over another motorist for a traffic violation, and when he got back into his vehicle, another vehicle slammed into him. The impact was so shockingly severe that the emergency responders were amazed the officer was not killed. “That has to tell you that the other vehicle was speeding and not paying attention,” said Smith.
The other driver that careened into the cruiser may be charged with a felony, as that is the rule of law in the state where this accident happened. Unfortunately, the accident serves as a visible and visceral warning that when drivers see a police car or construction workers pulled over of the side of the road, slow down and play it safe. “Really, is it worth speeding, not paying attention, landing up in a car wreck and potentially killing another person or yourself? If you don’t slow down, and do wind up in a collision, your only options may be prison time and/or fines. It is worth it?” Smith asked.
Reckless drivers are the bane of police forces everywhere, and unless those who speed, text while they drive, drive while distracted, drive while under the influence or just plain do not follow the rules of the road, get with the program, more lives could be lost.
“Driving is about respecting the rules of the road for the safety of others and for taking care of another’s life. This is a significant responsibility and one that should be respected. If more drivers took this seriously, there would be fewer accidents. For the love of life, yours and others, slow down, take care, follow the rules of the road, and we won’t need to meet to discuss personal injury damages and how you will pay for your medical bills due to a life altering accident,” Smith said.
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