Few people question the hardships police officers face while on the job. They are exposed to dangers on an almost daily basis that few will ever see. Sadly, because of the nature of their position, injuries happen. Car accidents are just one of the many dangers police officers across Georgia face.
Recently, an officer with the Sandy Springs Police Department was injured while attending to a car crash. While completing his work for the accident, his vehicle was struck from behind by a passing car, which pushed his patrol car over 100 feet from its original position. Both he and the driver considered responsible for the incident, a 39-year-old woman, were injured and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Georgia State Patrol was called to investigate this accident. According to a police spokesman, the driver was charged with speeding, failing to stay in her lane and DUI involving drugs. It is unknown if any court dates have been scheduled for this matter.
Car accidents that result in injury can lead to significant struggles, both physically and financially. As the victim in this particular case was on-duty at the time of the crash, he will likely receive some assistance through his employer benefits; however, depending on the extent of the injuries suffered, the compensation provided may not be enough to cover all damages accrued in the collision. Along with any workers' compensation benefits this officer is entitled to receive, he may also choose to file a personal injury claim against the woman considered to be responsible for his injuries. If liability is documented before a Georgia civil court, monetary relief may be granted to provided added financial support.
Source: neighbornewspapers.com, "Officer injured in car wreck on Ga 400", , July 24, 2014