According to The Baltimore Sun, a male police officer was injured while conducting a routine traffic stop on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Route 197. After having pulled a vehicle over to the side of the road, the officer parked, exited his own vehicle, and began writing up the traffic citation. A pickup truck, having left the roadway, proceeded to plow into the back of the parked police cruiser, which in turn careened into the vehicle the police officer was issuing the traffic citation to. The officer, who had been standing at the driver’s side window of the pulled over car, was forced underneath the police cruiser and was dragged for about 40 feet.
The police officer was taken to Washington Hospital Center for treatment. His injuries were deemed nonlife-threatening, an excellent outcome in any traffic related accident. However, many victims of traffic accidents are not so lucky, and severe injury is often sustained, particularly when a person is dragged any length of distance by an operating vehicle.
At the time of this article, it was not determined whether or not the driver of the pickup was under the influence of any sort of illicit substance, or simply chose to drive recklessly, injuring another person in the process. The driver of the truck was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for observation, and it was not made public whether or not the driver sustained any sort of injury. The circumstances surrounding this accident will undoubtedly be revealed after an investigation, one which will attribute fault towards one or more determining factors that caused the crash.
Not all accident victims are as lucky as the police officer was. Often times, injury sustained is so great that recovery time can prevent a person from going about their daily routine, even forcing that person out of work. However, it should be noted that monetary loss associated with traffic accidents does not need to burden the victim. Those responsible for the traffic accident can and should be held liable for their actions, and monetary compensation should be awarded to injured victims.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury as the result of a traffic accident, you’ll need an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer on your side to help sort through the details of the incident. Please call Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer”, for a free evaluation of your case. Steven H. Heisler and his attorneys will ensure that your rights as an accident victim are never infringed upon.