There are a number of common dangers on the road that we all try to look out for. Chief among them might be careless teenagers, distracted cell phone talkers, and drunk drivers. However, one danger that we typically don't think about are police officers and emergency first responders.
We all know that we should pull over and give room to emergency vehicles when they have their lights or sirens on, but all too often drivers aren't paying attention or emergency responders take risks resulting in auto accidents with the potential for serious injuries.
Recently, a multi-car accident occurred in the Lincoln Park neighborhood when a police officer was attempting to respond to a burglary call. According to reports, the officer was driving with lights and sirens on near the intersection of Logan Avenue and 47th Street when he collided with a Ford F-150. The collision apparently led to a chain reaction in which three other vehicles were involved.
The police officer and one other motorist were reportedly transported to a local hospital. Fortunately, the accident resulted in only minor injuries. Many times, these types of accidents occur at high speeds and result in serious injuries or even deaths.
It's not clear at this time if the accident was caused by the police officer or by another driver that failed to yield to the police car. Depending on the situation, and the policies of the police department, the police may be immune from a personal injury suit. However, these can be complicated situations and it is best to consult with an attorney if you have been injured in an accident involving an emergency vehicle.
Source: San Diego Union Tribune, Officer on burglary call in five-car crash in Lincoln Park, Pauline Repard, 12/10/10