Driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, or falling asleep at the wheel are all reasons that could be contributed to negligent driving. When negligent drivers get behind the wheel, they could cause car accidents that not only put their lives at risk but the lives of everyone else on the roadway. A Georgia police officer was recently injured in an accident at the hands of an alleged negligent driver.
According to police reports, the officer had stopped his car in the median between I-85N and I-285E. The driver who caused the collision crossed the median, striking the police car. The force of the impact spun the patrol car around, causing it to hit the guardrail. Officials believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Authorities did not release the details of the victim’s or the driver’s injuries. However, both were taken to an area hospital. The officer is listed as being in stable condition. The driver has since been charged with failure to maintain a lane.
Because of the injuries he suffered, the officer may consider filing a personal injury claim against the driver who was responsible for the crash. If his claim successfully proves negligence on behalf of that driver, he could then receive monetary damages that could help pay for medical bills and any other financial expenses related to the collision. Similarly, any Georgia residents injured in car accidents may consult experienced personal injury attorneys to learn more about their options in regards to filing claims.
Source: 11alive.com, “Driver asleep at wheel hits College Park patrol car on I-85N”, Tiffany McCall, May 29, 2017