The accident occurred when the two troopers had pulled over to investigate a crash near Sandy Spring Road. It is reported the troopers had set up warning flares and had their cruiser lights flashing. The vehicle ran over through the flares and smashed into the back of the cruiser. The troopers were taken to Prince George’s Hospital with personal injuries.
The at-fault driver was found to have been driving drunk and was charged with driving under the influence.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
This is but the latest example of how dangerous it can be to be parked on the side of the interstate. Police have long known the dangers of stopping along side of the highway. Although there is no way to defend officers from a drunk driver, this type of accident is precisely what stemmed many states to initiate “move over laws.” According to FBI statistics, traffic crashes claim the lives of more police personnel than any other cause of death in the line of duty, including shootings. Unfortunately our experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys see far too many cases in which troopers are injured in states such as Virginia and North Carolina while doing their jobs.
While the criminal court system can punish a drunk driver who caused the accident, it does nothing to compensate the victim of a drunk driver. Our Virginia (VA) personal injury attorneys understand the complexities of drunk driving accident cases. In a civil action against a drunk driver, the injured party can ask for punitive damages, which, depending on the circumstances, can be significant. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, it is important that you know what your legal options are. Our team of professional attorneys has experience filing lawsuits for a variety of drunk driving claims and is dedicated to maximizing the value of your case.
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