Garden Grove, CA (December 6, 2022) – On Sunday evening, December 4, a crash was reported in Garden Grove that injured one person, a police officer.
First responders were called to the scene of a car accident where an SUV rear-ended a patrol car at about 8:45 p.m. on the 22 Freeway near the Euclid Street exit. The Garden Grove police department reported that the officer had pulled over on the westbound side of the freeway to help a disabled motorist when the SUV driver failed to see the vehicles in front of them and rear-ended the patrol car. The officer had not stepped out of his vehicle yet when the SUV struck his patrol car. The patrol car was severely damaged by the force of the impact.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene to render first aid to the injured parties. The officer was trapped inside his vehicle and required the firefighters’ extensive efforts to extricate him from the mangled vehicle. The officer was seriously injured as a result and transported to the hospital for further treatment. The authorities reported that two passengers in the SUV appeared unharmed by the accident. It is unclear at this time if the SUV driver was taken to the hospital or into police custody.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. They believed alcohol played a factor in the crash and arrested the woman driver of the SUV on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for the full recovery of all involved.
The services that emergency personnel provide to the public are so important that the law protects their activities while acting in the course of duty. All drivers need to stop and yield to emergency personnel when they are responding to an emergency and give them extra space when they are stopped on the side of the road at a traffic spot. Often the other drivers do not yield to the emergency vehicle in time and cause an accident, which can have a devastating impact on the officer who is risking his life to respond to the needs of the public. These types of cases can be very complex to determine fault and liability. Therefore, you will want to document all the circumstances of the accident with as much detail as possible.
A serious car accident can cause significant disruptions to your life, including new financial worries from the expense of medical care, lost income if you can’t work, and other related expenses. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your damages. Damages may include your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental and emotional distress, travel expenses to doctor’s appointments, and other extraneous costs. Including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. To receive compensation for your damages, you must prove that another person caused your injury and that this person’s actions were directly responsible for the injuries you are experiencing. You will need the assistance of an experienced attorney to help in this matter.
If you were hurt in a car accident, you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer right away, who can walk you through the process and help you understand your rights and what compensation you may be entitled to. Contact a Garden Grove car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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