When Indiana residents first get their driver licenses, there are certain safety procedures that are repeated over and over to make certain they are fully grasped and integrated. The basics, like stopping at red lights and stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, using turn indicators and more, are simple enough. Adhering to them will exponentially improve safety. Others should also be obvious, but when failing to follow them, it can cause a motor vehicle accident.
When there is a law enforcement vehicle or other emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens activated, failure to be aware of the surroundings and not moving to the side to give these vehicles the room to get by can cause a crash. Since these vehicles will need to go through red lights and make other risky maneuvers, it is essential to watch for them. When there is an accident with an emergency vehicle, it can result in serious injuries and death. This type of accident happened recently, and four people were hurt because of it.
A Sheriff’s officer was in a squad car with two people from a film crew. As they were heading toward an emergency, the sirens were on. At approximately 3:20 p.m., an SUV broadsided the squad car. The officer, the members of the film crew and the driver of the SUV were all injured and hospitalized. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
When there is a motor vehicle accident — even one that involves law enforcement — the problems that can come about in the aftermath will be the same for everyone. Medical expenses, lost time at work, long-term damage and even fatalities can cause a string of problems in a person’s life and the lives of his or her family. To be fully protected, it is imperative to understand whether there is a viable legal case to recover compensation. A law firm that is experienced in all areas of auto crashes from driving safety to determining who is responsible for the accident is critical.