On Saturday, August 22nd, 2022, the Daily Journal reported that an Illinois State Police trooper was struck on U.S. Route 45-52 while investigating an accident on U.S. Route 45-52 near East 5000S Road, five miles south of Kankakee. The Illinois State trooper and the driver of the crash that they were investigating were both injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment.
According to ISP, the collision occurred when the trooper and driver of the vehicle from the previous crash were standing in front of the squad car and a Chevrolet TrailBlazer traveling south on U.S. Route 45-52 failed to yield and struck the rear of the squad car. The driver of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer was uninjured but was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Other charges included operating an uninsured motor vehicle and a violation of Scott’s Law which is the improper passing of an emergency vehicle.
ISP reported that 16 squad cars have been struck and seven troopers have sustained injuries from Move Over Law-related crashes to date in 2022. The most recent incident occurred only a few weeks earlier on August 12th when another ISP squad car, with a trooper inside, was struck while on a traffic stop. The August 12th collision occurred on Interstate 355 northbound near the Boughton Road Exit near Lemont.
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.
When 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 harming others on the road or even taking an individual’s life.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted or impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you with your physical injuries, emotional suffering, and other accident-related expenses. 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, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your situation today.
Categories: Car Accidents