PEORIA COUNTY, IL – Week.com writes that a crash took place on Interstate 74 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The incident led to a Sheriff Deputy and a State Trooper being hit by a vehicle. The deputy reportedly suffered a broken leg.*
The accident took place when the trooper and deputy were on the side of the road and had exited their squad cars. A westbound semi-truck lost control and veered off the roadway and hit the squad cars. Reports were unclear about what happened to the officers, but the officers were both taken to local hospitals with injuries.
The early reports indicated that the truck jackknifed.
The accident led to lanes being closed for several hours.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents cause more officer deaths in the line of duty than any other cause. Between 2005 and 2016, 31 percent of all officers who were killed in the line of duty died in motor vehicle accidents.
The CDC says that certain driving-related behaviors create job hazards for police officers. Those factors includefailing to use a seatbelt, speeding (especially speeding through intersections), distracted driving, and tunnel vision, which is a response to increased stress.
Motor vehicle accidents kill about one officer every week.
Of course, motor vehicle accidents are a risk to all people on the road, and not just police officers. It is important for everyone to drive cautiously in order to avoid vehicle collisions and pedestrian incidents. Distracted driving is one of the most common reasonscar accidents take place, along with drunk driving and speeding.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a car wreck in Peoria County, Illinois, contact Stein & Shulman, LLC
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