Law enforcement officers in Harford County and throughout Maryland are accustomed to responding to the scene of a car accident and helping those who were involved. There are times, however, when an officer will be involved in a car crash and turn into the car accident victim. Regardless of who is involved, car accidents can lead to serious injury, lost wages, and the incurrence of medical expenses. Understanding the various legal issues that may come into play in the aftermath of such a crash is imperative to protecting one's legal rights and maximizing his or her chances of recovering compensation.
A deputy sheriff in Harford County may need to do this now after he was injured as he responded to the scene of a car accident. The wreck occurred around 5:25 p.m. The driver's door of his squad car was hit in the accident. He was taken by air to the shock trauma unit of the hospital. As he was being transported, he was awake and alert. The injuries he suffered are not thought to be life-threatening. The driver that hit the deputy was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The immediate priority in the aftermath of a car accident with injuries is to receive treatment and get healthy. This might involve a hospital stay, surgery, rehabilitation, medication, and extended rest. In many instances, a victim will miss time at work and, along with that, suffer from lost wages. These losses can cause problems for a victim and his or her family, as they might struggle to make ends meet. For many victims, seeking compensation through a legal filing is the only method to recover their damages.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit, and succeeding on it, can be challenging, though. A victim may come face-to-face with evidentiary issues that jeopardize his or her claim. Those in this situation can't afford to risk losing the compensation to which they may be entitled, which is why many Maryland residents turn to competent attorneys to assist them with their claims.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Deputy injured when patrol car hit on Route 1 in Fallston," March 23, 2017