The Washington State Patrol issued a media release reporting that twice as many of their vehicles were hit by drivers who were impaired by alcohol in 2008 than in 2007. In 2007, 11 Patrol vehicles were hit but in 2008, 25 trooper vehicles have been involved in alcohol-related car accidents. Luckily, no officers have been killed in the accidents.
More than 50% of the vehicles that have been hit were parked along side a road or highway while the officer was dealing with another traffic accident or traffic violator.
WSP Chief John R. Batiste said, “How drunk do you have to be to run into a marked police car with its lights flashing?”
On Christmas Eve, we reported a Patrol officer who was injured on the I-90 when he was stopped to perform an accident investigation and a driver slammed into his car pushing him into the parked car that had been involved in the previous accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk or impaired driver, or if a loved one has been killed, contact a personal injury attorney to insure your rights are protected. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 32 years experience representing people who have been seriously injured by drunken drivers. With our help, you may recover compensation for your injuries.
Contact us today.