State troopers and other police officers do an impressive job in responding to accidents on the interstates and highways of Virginia. I was horrified to read about how a deputy suffered serious injuries in an accident in Louisa County.
Despite laws in the Commonwealth that are supposed to protect them, officers are injured and killed with an alarming regularity. I was saddened to read about the incident on Friday night in which a lieutenant with the Louisa County Sherriff’s Office broke both of his legs when he was hit by a car.
A report on WTVR 6 stated Deputy D.J. Hart responded to a call after a family was stuck in a broken down car on Route 15 close to Rocky Road, Gordonsville, just before 7 p.m.
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The TV station said Hart attempted to contact a wrecker service to get the family. When the wreckers were leaving the scene, he was hit by a car as he crossed the road.
Virginia State Police said Hart was struck by a Volkswagen that was traveling north on Route 15. The speed limit on that road is 55 mph.
After the accident in Louisa County, the deputy suffered two broken legs. He underwent surgery on his legs and his injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. Virginia State Police said no one has yet to be charged and the crash is still being investigated.
I hope the deputy makes a speedy recovery after this incident. Every year we see troopers and other police officers hurt and killed on the highways of Virginia.
In 2014, I wrote about how a trooper was injured in Sussex County when his car was rear-ended on Route 460.
Virginia has a move-over law that is intended to protect police officers and emergency workers. It has been strengthened in recent years but is still regularly flouted.
If you approach a vehicle with flashing red, blue or amber lights you must move over a lane or slow down, if you are not in a position to change lanes.
Our Virginia move-over law injury lawyers have represented injured emergency workers as well as tow truck drivers in claims against the insurance companies of at-fault drivers.
If you have suffered a serious injury like a fracture, it’s imperative that you recover the most you can. Please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.