Solano, CA (September 15, 2022) – On Sunday morning, September 11, a crash was reported in Solano that injured two police officers.
Emergency personnel was called to the scene of a car accident where an SUV collided with a police car at about 2 a.m. on the westbound I-80 near Canyon Road. The Solano police department reported that the two officers were conducting a traffic stop when an SUV veered into the shoulder area in their vicinity. The SUV failed to see the vehicles in front of them and collided with the patrol car that was on the right shoulder area of the highway and subsequently hit the two police offers who were standing outside of the patrol car, also on the shoulder of the roadway.
Paramedics responded to the call within minutes. The two officers were injured as a result of the accident and transported to the hospital for further treatment. Officials updated the report to indicate that one officer was released from the hospital the following morning, but the other officer was still in the hospitable for serious injuries. The second officer is listed in stable condition. The driver that the police officers pulled over during the traffic stop was not injured as a result of the accident. The driver of the SUV also complained of injuries.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. They believed alcohol played a factor in the crash and arrested the SUV driver on suspicion of felony DUI.
Our thoughts are with the victim injured in this accident. We hope for the full recovery of all involved.
Accidents happen every day in California for a variety of reasons. Reckless and negligent driving is often the main cause. Alcohol and drug use impairs a person’s decision-making process, slows their reaction times, and impedes their ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. Furthermore, when someone is driving impaired, they will often engage in other negligent activities, such as distracted driving, texting while driving, speeding, falling asleep behind the wheel, or failing to abide by traffic rules, such as stopping at traffic lights and stop signs or failing to yield.
In California, many people are seriously injured or killed in DUI accidents each year. However, the law is clear; in California, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older, or 0.01% if the person is under 21 years old. Despite these strict laws and penalties associated with breaking the laws, California is struggling with an ever-increasing amount of DUI accidents. When drivers are engaging in negligent and risky behaviors such as drinking and driving, the chance of a serious accident increases dramatically.
Police officers selflessly perform an important service for the people of our state and nation. Every time they put on their uniform they put themselves in harm’s way in order to keep our communities safe. When conducting traffic stops they are especially vulnerable, because they are outside of the protection of their vehicles on busy roadways. If drivers are not cautious and don’t give them space or don’t see them, an officer could be hit by a car, which can cause devastating injuries that will impact their life and career. A serious car accident can cause significant disruptions to your normal life, including new financial worries from past and future medical care, lost income if you can’t work, and other related expenses.
If you were hurt in a DUI accident, you should speak to an experienced car accident lawyer who can walk you through the process and help you understand your rights and what compensation you may be entitled to for your suffering. Contact a Solano car accident attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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