Police officers in Georgia work hard to keep the roadways safe for residents and visitors alike. It is not unusual for large trucks to be mixed in with traffic, especially on highways. High speeds, inclement conditions, or driver errors can contribute to a serious truck accident. The sheer size of these vehicles can result in increased risk for injury or death in the event of a crash.
Law enforcement has launched an investigation into a recent truck accident, and for officers, this one hit close to home. The victim was an officer from Smyrna, Georgia’s police department. For reasons that are still unknown, a semi-truck flipped over and landed squarely on the officer’s patrol car.
The driver’s side of the car was crushed. The officer was taken to a local hospital for immediate treatment of crash-related injuries. The investigation is ongoing, and it is not clear if police have any evidence that could justify criminal charges against the driver.
This incident serves as a sobering reminder that anyone can suddenly wind up a truck accident victim. Even if criminal charges are not appropriate, a victim can bring a civil case against the truck driver who caused his or her injuries. Successful civil suits often result in a verdict that includes monetary compensation, which can be applied to things like medical bills, loss of wages due to inability to work, home renovations to accommodate accident-related injuries, and other financial burdens a victim must face after being hurt by a truck.