A 26-year-old Marietta police officer was injured in a Georgia traffic accident when a pickup truck struck him as he directed traffic. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the injury accident occurred on the Canton Road Connector north of Church Street extension in Marietta. Officials say the officer was attempting to stop traffic to allow an emergency vehicle to leave the site of an earlier crash when a silver Nissan Titan pushed a black Ford F-150 into him. He suffered serious but non-life- threatening injuries. Investigators are looking into filing charges against the 52-year-old driver of the Nissan for crashing into the stopped Ford.
Police officers are often in danger of suffering a serious or fatal accident. According to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, traffic accidents are the leading cause of police officer fatalities. In the year 2010, there were 73 officers killed in traffic accidents. That number reflects an increase of 43 percent from the previous year. In those accidents, 50 officers were killed while in an automobile, 16 officers were fatally struck by vehicles while working outside of their own vehicle, six were killed in motorcycle crashes, and one was fatally injured in a bicycle accident.
Police officers who are injured on the job can pursue financial compensation for their losses through workers’ compensation benefits. In such cases, compensation should be available for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. In cases involving negligence, the at-fault party can be held accountable for the damages suffered by the officer as well. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help victims understand all of the legal options available to them.
The experienced Atlanta traffic accident injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., have a history of helping Georgia car accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation.