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Texas patrolman injured in terrifying truck accident

Police work can be a rewarding but often dangerous undertaking. However, many officers may not give a lot of consideration to the possibility of being involved in a truck accident, especially when engaged in a relatively routine duty. However, one Texas patrolman is now working to recover after a serious accident.

The wreck occurred one recent weeknight as the policeman was parked along the side of a road. He was reportedly getting set-up to start carrying out traffic safety stops. Unfortunately, before his duties could commence, a tractor-trailer driver left his travel lanes. The truck then smashed into the patrolman's vehicle.

The police vehicle was shoved into a telephone pole and came to rest in an inverted position. The former military serviceman required emergency transportation by helicopter to a medical facility. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken into police custody and was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated. The policeman has since been discharged from doctor's care but is said to have been been badly bruised and battered from this collision.

Texas officials did not disclose what the nature of the officer's injuries were, but he will likely require some time to fully recover from this horrific truck accident. While he is no longer hospitalized, the man could have suffered injuries that may leave him with long-term pain and suffering. While he likely has medical coverage and workers' compensation benefits through his position with the police department, he also has the right to pursue a personal injury claim as a result of this wreck. He may elect to consult an attorney to begin the process of filing a lawsuit to seek financial redress from the trucker and/or the trucker's employer.

Source: fox4news.com, "Decatur officer survives scary car crash", Jan. 27, 2017

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