Working in law enforcement or as an emergency team can be difficult, especially if you need to move through traffic to get to a scene. Getting hurt on the way to a call can mean serious injuries for you and harm could come to the person you were headed to help. Regardless of how your crash happens, when you’re on the clock, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, just as these officers may be.
Three Anne Arundel County officers were hurt in a crash in Pasadena, Maryland, on Jan 28, and they suffered some serious injuries. The topic of emergency vehicles has come up in the past with people questioning if emergency vehicles should be able to pass through red lights or be able to speed when their sirens are on. Some people claim this makes the roads more dangerous, but in Maryland, the law is that you need to let the officers pass and get to the emergency they’re headed to.
The officers involved in the crash suffered from serious but nonfatal injuries, and they had to be taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The officers had been responding to an equally serious call; there were reports of an armed robbery taking place, so the police were on their way at the time of the accident.
The officers reported that they had their lights and sirens on in unmarked vehicles when they were headed north on Edwin Raynor Boulevard Road. When they approached an intersection, a 2001 Honda Odyssey suddenly pulled out from a stop sign, resulting in the officers striking the vehicle.
The officers said they were able to swerve to avoid a direct impact, but the front corner of the Honda was still struck. Now, the Honda driver faces scrutiny and potentially charges, since police believe his failure to yield to the emergency vehicle directly led to this accident.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “3 Anne Arundel County officers injured in Pasadena crash” Colin Campbell, Jan. 28, 2015