Very few can argue that being a law enforcement officer is a dangerous job. These men and women put their lives on the line for the good of the public every time they put on their uniform. Sadly, some of these officers lose their lives in the course of their duties. This is what happened to a member of the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to reports, the trooper was investigating an accident on Interstate 75 in Alachua County. He was outside of his vehicle investigating the accident when two other cars collided. The trooper was pinned under one of the vehicles involved in that second crash. The trooper lost his life at the hospital. He had been with the department for 30 years.
The incident is similar to one that occurred in Ohio last year. The trooper was out of his vehicle conducting an investigation on Interstate 90. A person driving a vehicle failed to notice the flashing lights of the cruiser, struck and killed the trooper.
Authorities urge people driving to be on the lookout for patrol cars and officers. If you see an officer conducting a traffic stop or crash investigation, slow down and pull to the far lane if it is safe to do so. Give the officers as much room as possible to work. Speeding past these scenes is dangerous for all involved.
If you have been injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach or if a loved one has passed away due to injuries sustained in a car crash, you have legal rights. Reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys today for more information about how we can assist you. Schedule your appointment for a free consultation as soon as possible.