This past week has been a bad one for the officers that patrol our roads. In three separate cases, they had their cars hit as they were out on the road doing their job.
- Sunday morning, a State Trooper was on his way to the scene of another collision when a alleged drunk driver hit him at the intersection of Stilson and 35W on ramp. The driver was cited for 3rd degree DWI and authorities say more charges could follow.
- The day before, on 35W near 38th ave, two Minneapolis police officers were injured when they were rear ended by an alleged drunk driver.
- The Day before that, a Kasson police officer was responding to a collision on highway 14 when his vehicle was hit by a semi.
These are officers who are on the roads doing their jobs. Protecting society and doing their work in full uniform with lights going. I have had the honor on a number of occasions to represent some of Minnesota’s finest. Usually, they are hit by cars going too fast and not giving them the room they need.
Minnesota law requires all cars to move over one lane when emergency vehicles are on the road. It’s pretty simple to keep those actions in mind. While the law doesn’t directly require a reduction in speed , it’s the safe thing to do and it is taking into consideration the conditions at the time.
If it’s wintry weather and the emergency vehicles are dealing with a car in the ditch, consider for a minute how the car got there. It’s probably a case of the road itself being especially slippery in the very same area. A couple of times a year, we will be involved in layered car accidents where one car hits another and within the next ten minutes, two or three more impacts take place. A good look out and slowing down will make a difference. Also if you are in an accident, make sure you clear yourself and all passengers away from the dangers of oncoming cars.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.