Working as a law enforcement officer can be very rewarding, but it can also be very dangerous. Police must constantly make quick decisions and act quickly, with the outcome often meaning life or death either for themselves or the citizens they protect. When an officer makes a mistake, the consequences can be catastrophic. Such appears to have been the case recently when a Florida Highway Patrolman allegedly caused a four-car crash on Interstate 75.
According to witnesses, the trooper tried to make a U-turn in the median but hit a guard rail instead. This led to a chain reaction accident that involved two other cars and a tractor-trailer. The patrol car first hit a Nissan driven by a woman and transporting three children, some of whom were reportedly not wearing seatbelts. All were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals by helicopter.
Before coming to a stop, the Nissan struck a Mercedes and tractor-trailer truck and then caught fire. The other drivers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the hospital. All lanes of Interstate 75 southbound were blocked for about six hours as the rescue, crash investigation and cleanup took place.
Authorities are still investigating the crash, and no charges have been filed against the officer. The situation could have been much worse, as no one died in the accident, but nevertheless, it was still a very dangerous and terrifying event for all involved, especially the children. The injured parties could choose to pursue a civil suit in a Florida court against the officer, and the officer’s employer, for damages she suffered as a result of the crash.
Source: clickorlando.com, “3 children critically injured in 4-vehicle crash in Marion County“, Daniel Dahm, May 19, 2014