Chattanooga, TN- Pulling a driver over or responding to traffic accidents can put a police officer in danger. Too often officers are struck by inattentive or otherwise careless motorists while working the scene of an accident. Such is the case of a Tennessee woman who is facing charges after striking a Fort. Oglethorpe officer as he was directing traffic.
WRCB-TV reports that on Sunday, Sgt. Richard Williams of the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department arrived at the scene of a traffic accident which occurred near the intersection of Cloud Springs and Mack Roads.
Only three cars passed Williams when a fourth vehicle, driven by a Jasper, Tennessee woman, struck him, knocking him to the ground. Williams was unconscious at the scene and cannot remember the accident Police Chief David Eubanks told WRCB-TV.
Sgt. Williams injured his right hand and knee and suffered a concussion and several facial fractures. Fortunately for Sgt. Williams, the van that struck him was only traveling 10 to 15 mph, had she been traveling any faster his injuries could have been much worse.
The driver, 27 year-old Martha Dunn, told police that she looked away for a moment before hitting Sgt. Williams. She has been charged with failure to obey an officer directing traffic and failure to exercise due care, according to WRCB-TV.
So much can change in the road in just a few seconds so drivers must to give the task of driving their full attention, not doing so is negligent. Intoxication and speed are two of the leading causes of traffic accidents, but distraction and inattention are growing problems on the road and the biggest distraction for motorists are their smart phones.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that during day hours 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones and smart phones to talk, text, or email. Just one moment of inattention can cause a catastrophic or deadly accident.
Motorists know that distracted driving is risky to themselves and others, they just can’t resist the temptation to take a phone call, read a text message or just lose themselves in a thought. A survey from last year showed that at least 50 percent of motorists, even knowing the dangers of distracted driving, admitted to taking a phone call or continuing one while driving. Additionally, a driver who is texting is 23 percent more likely to cause a traffic accident. When these motorists cause harm to another, a Tennessee accident attorney can make certain that distracted or inattentive driver is held accountable for the injuries they cause to others.
With the high cost of medical care, accident victims need someone who understands the nature of their injuries and how much those injuries will cost them in the immediate future and the long-term. When an accident victim retains an accident attorney serving the Chattanooga area, they can be confident that they will get a settlement amount that reflects their pain and suffering. If you want a successful injury claim you should contact an attorney to begin working on your case immediately.

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