Car accidents are just a fact of life for drivers in the U.S. This is true, even for police when they are in their squad cars. Unfortunately, in nearby Burlington, one police officer is currently experiencing this reality.
The rollover crash
Last Tuesday, the Burlington police officer was responding to a burglary call when he collided with a pickup truck on North Church Street. The pickup and police car rolled over, but the police car also struck several parked cars and a utility pole.
After the impact
After the auto accident, both the police officer and truck driver were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, but their status has not been reported. In addition, North Church Street, between Ruffin Street and Holt Street, were closed because of the rollover crash and the subsequent investigation. The Burlington Police Department has not revealed how the accident occurred or what caused the accident, and if anyone has information, please contact BPD.
Options after accidents
This auto accident is complicated for both parties, regardless of who is at fault, and both parties should contact an attorney immediately. This is because, if the police officer is at fault, the personal injury case against the officer will be against both the officer himself and the police department. If it is found that the truck driver was at fault, the truck driver’s attorney will likely need to do an independent investigation as there is a potential conflict of interest as it is the BPD determining liability of BPD and a BPD officer.
Luckily, for most Fayetteville, North Carolina, accident victims, the case is not this complicated. Though, car accident victims should still contact an attorney immediately to make sure they can get the compensation they are entitled.