On a Thursday afternoon this past May, two York County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured in serious car accident, that resulted in hospitalization for the police officers.
The accident took place on Interstate 77, shortly before 4:00 p.m., northbound of the Carowinds Blvd. exit, which rests right on the North and South Carolina State line. According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), a flat-bed truck “stalled out” in the northbound lane. When the officers saw the truck, the turned their blue-lights on and pulled up behind the stranded motorists. It was at that moment that an SUV came barreling down the highway, striking the patrol car and both deputies.
Both deputies and the driver of the SUV had to be transported to the hospital. However, at this time, no injuries are suspected to be “life-threatening.”
Our Police force should be applauded for keeping our roadways safe. That being said, we as drivers should return the favor, and always keep a watchful eye for the officer’s safety. When an officer pulls a driver over, then will typically walk up the left side of the vehicle, as that is where the driver is sitting. Thus, the officer is standing between the vehicle and the road, only a few feet from oncoming traffic. Please keep this is mind when travelling our roadways; always merge into another lane if possible, to ensure the officer is not met with injury.
We at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower are ready, willing, and able to hear your case. Please contact us if you or your loved one has sustained a serious injury from a car accident. Call us for a detailed review of your case and best options. We can be reached at 803-548-4444 or toll-free 877-374-5999. Hire the best South Carolina car accident attorneyswith whom you have the most confidence in.