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Officer at traffic stop struck by oncoming vehicle

While traveling on the road, drivers need to be aware of both the moving vehicles near them and stopped vehicles on the shoulder. Whether a car is parked or stopped because of an emergency or a traffic-stop, drivers should take caution when driving by because a pedestrian could be standing near the stopped vehicle. In order to avoid a collision and personal injury to these pedestrians, drivers should reduce speeds and attempt to safely change lanes.

An oncoming motorist struck an officer during a traffic stop on Halsey Avenue. The officer responded as backup to a routine traffic stop that lead to a drug possession charge and an underage DWI. At around 12:50 a.m., an oncoming vehicle hit the officer. Emergency crews responded to the pedestrian accident and assessed the injured officer. The officer was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries to his back, left hip and left elbow.

The collision is still under investigation, and information about the motorist that struck the officer was not reported at this time. Once the cause is determined, liability can be assessed, and potential charges could be cited.

A person injured in an accident like this could file a personal injury claim. A person suffering injuries from a crash may endure financial burdens. Compensation from the lawsuit could cover expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Whether it is during the day or in the middle of the night, drivers should use caution when approaching cars that are pulled over to the side of the road. By reducing speeds and changing lanes, motorists can avoid collisions with people and vehicles on the side of the road.

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