A Washington state trooper was struck by the vehicle of a distracted driver while he was helping a disabled motorist on the side of Interstate 90 on December 26, 2017. A 24-year-old woman stated that she saw the flashing lights of the patrol car, but did not realize that it was stopped. She looked down, claiming to adjust the controls on her dashboard, and struck the patrol car from behind propelling it into the disable vehicle. The disabled vehicle struck the trooper, causing serious injuries.
Washington State has in place a "Move Over" law. This means that any driver approaching an emergency zone has a duty to practice due diligence and move over into the far lane if possible. The distracted driver in this scenario did not follow those precautions. Further, she did not slow down, and struck the patrol car at the high rate of a normal highway speed.
Accidents caused by distracted drivers are among the leading causes of death in our country today. Distractions can range from texting while driving, to eating, adjusting a radio, or even just glancing in the back seat for something. Anyone injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver deserves compensation for their troubles. If a fatality occurred, the family of a victim deserves adequate representation to help them gain much needed compensation in order to pick up the pieces and move forward. A wrongful death suit in these situations often result in large compensatory rewards.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Source: BellevueReporter.com, "Distracted Driver Seriously Injures State Trooper In Bellevue," Staff, Dec. 27, 2017