A police officer responding to the scene of a two-car accident on Interstate 70 suffered injuries when another vehicle struck one of the cars involved in the car crash. According to KCNC-TV, the incident occurred near the southbound Interstate 25 exit ramp in the “Mousetrap.” The personal injuries the officer sustained are reported as being minor, effecting only one of his legs. He is expected to make a full recovery.
How Often Do Police Officers Get Struck by Vehicles?
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that last year, 127 officers died while in the line of duty. This is a 23 percent drop from the number of fatalities in 2011 in which 165 officers were killed. Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of officer deaths, claiming approximately 50 lives in 2012 or 39 percent of the total amount of deaths. Of the 50 officers killed in traffic-related offenses, 14 officers were struck and killed while outside their patrol car.
However, the number of fatalities in 2012 is significantly lower than it has been in the past. During the 10-year span from 2001 to 2010, the number of traffic-related fatalities for officers increased by roughly 18 percent, and 72 officers were killed on average per year. If compared to the average number of fatalities per decade, last year holds the record of being one of the safest years for officers.
If you sustained injuries in a car accident or someone you love was the victim of a fatal car accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, talk with our Colorado accident lawyer about your legal rights in pursuing compensation. You should not have to suffer alone. Our firm will guide you, and point you in the right direction during a no obligation, free consultation of your case. Call us today at (866) 377-3800 to get started.
[Tom’s Tips: Last year, the state with the most officer fatalities was Texas with 10, followed by Georgia with eight and Colorado with six.]
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