Illinois State Trooper Injured
After an unfortunate and tragic accident, Illinois state trooper Brian Frank is now in a coma in the hospital. He has already undergone surgery for a brain injury he incurred and is expected to have additional surgeries. State Trooper Frank, had stopped on I-55 near Route 30 in Joliet to assist with an accident. While he was pulled over to the side of the interstate with his emergency lights on, a black Cadillac approached the scene, failed to yield or move over, and slammed into the back of Franks car.
These types of collisions are completely avoidable and laws, like Scott’s Law, have even been put in place to help encourage drivers to give space and be more careful when traveling around emergency vehicles along the side of the road. Scott’s Law mandates that when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, drivers are to proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way by making a lane change. If a lane change is impossible, drivers must reduce the speed of the vehicle significantly and maintain a safe speed.
Unfortunately, because the amount of distracted drivers on the road has increased, many drivers are too distracted to notice emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Only two months into 2021 and already, 10 Illinois State Police squad cars have been hit by drivers who have failed to move over according to Scott’s Law.
If you are driving on the interstate and see a vehicle on the shoulder of the road, slow down, signal, and move over. It is also important to note that you should make room for other drivers to move over if possible. Scott’s Law is not an option, it is mandatory. When driving on the interstate, rid yourself of distractions, pay attention, and make space for vehicles that are pulled over on the side of the road. If you fail to do so, you could be subjected to hefty fines, or even worse, be responsible for taking an individual’s life.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you with your physical injuries, property damage, and emotional suffering. The experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have extensive knowledge and drive and will work diligently to get you the highest compensation possible for your case. Contact the injury attorneys of Spiros Law at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your situation today.
Categories: Car Accidents