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California police officer injured by driver that ran a red light

A Southern California police officer was seriously injured while in his patrol car. However, the officer was not injured while engaged in a high speed chase. Instead, the patrol car was crossing an intersection when a driver of a pickup truck drove through a red light and crashed into the driver's side of the patrol car.

The police officer was trapped inside of his patrol car for nearly an hour before fire fighters were able to extricate him. The police officer has since been hospitalized for major injuries including a number of broken bones and internal injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Though it's not likely to surprise anyone that the driver of the pickup may have been under the influence of alcohol, it's becoming increasingly difficult to understand why these sorts of accidents continue. With the number of campaigns that have been conducted over the last twenty years, every driver should understand the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This accident may only be unusual in that the victim was a law enforcement officer. Yet whatever the circumstances, it is impossible to underestimate the consequences of such crashes. Victims of these sorts of accidents often experience extremely slow recoveries if they recover at all.

It's not the job of personal injury attorneys to punish drunken drivers. However, it is the job of such counsel to help injured parties receive compensation for injuries that occurred through the fault of others.

Attorneys will attempt to negotiate a settlement with negligent parties and their insurers. In the event no settlement can be reached, attorneys will then take these parties to court.

Source: Fresno Bee, "San Diego officer seriously hurt in car crash," Dec. 30, 2012

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