Drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs are a constant threat on the Massachusetts roadways. A drunk driving accident or an auto accident with a driver under the influence of drugs can do significant damage causing injuries and fatalities. What is often forgotten is how a car accident can affect anyone, including law enforcement who are doing their duties. Injuries and death from an auto accident does not discriminate and the same problems can affect anyone with the costs and damage that can result. Pursuing a legal case is often a key to moving forward after the incident.
During a traffic stop, a police detective was hit by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. The accident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. The officer had stopped a moped and stood beside his police cruiser at the time of the crash. Another officer had pulled up behind the vehicle to assist. The alleged drugged driver then crashed into the officer, injuring him and sending him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, a 61-year-old man, was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs.
The dangers on the road are inherent, especially for those who are essentially on the front lines as first responders: emergency personnel, law enforcement and firefighters. With an accident, it is not simply the initial injuries that are the sole problem. There could be long-term damage leaving the person unable to work. He or she might need help with basic everyday tasks putting a further strain on the personal, emotional and financial situation of the family. Combine that with the hospital bills and costs for rehabilitation and it can cause major damage to a person and a family. With these issues factored in, it is wise to consider a legal filing for compensation.
Since the law enforcement officer was simply doing his job and was hit by a driver who was allegedly under the influence of drugs, it is imperative that he and his family understand their rights to pursue a lawsuit. Discussing the case with a legal professional experienced in helping those injured in a car collision is essential.
Source: wwlp.com, “Northampton police detective struck by car; driver arrested for OUI,” Anthony Fay, Taylor Dichello, July 5, 2017