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Illinois Police Deputy Hit By Car While Attending To Highway Crashes

A Chicago-area sheriff’s deputy was injured early last week after being hit by a car on Interstate 88. The accident occurred early in the morning, around 5:40am in the aftermath of two separate car crashes, according to KWQC News.

The first accident was caused by a car hitting a deer which closed down the left lane of the highway. The traffic build up following that incident caused another multi-car wreck. Emergency personnel rushed to the scene to help handle the aftermath of both of those accidents.

One officer was trying to divert traffic at that time when an oncoming driver lost control of her vehicle. The driver failed to take appropriate care when coming upon an accident scene-not reducing speed or moving over. Her car swerved around a flashing squad car and struck the standing officer several times. He suffered serious injuries on his head and leg but is expected to survive the encounter.

One officer explains, “You have got to slow down. You have got to pay attention. Scan ahead and see what’s happening at the scene before you enter and it’s too late.”

We have reported often on this blog of car accidents occurring in the aftermath of other road crashes. Highway drivers especially become accustomed to a set speed and a clear road. When they come upon an accident site, the traffic speed often changes quickly and the roadway becomes filled with other vehicles. It is at those moments when the risk of additional accidents increases dramatically. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are well aware that secondary crashes are just as deadly as all others. Be sure to remain alert and prepared for all potential road blockages when traveling on the highway.

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