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Five injured in car accident involving police deputy

Drivers in Fullerton must always be on alert for police cars responding to a call in the vicinity. When drivers see a police car with its lights flashing, they should pull over to the side of the road to give the officer the right-of-way. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to see police vehicles in their vicinity, which could lead to car accidents.

Recently in Norwalk, California, a four-car crash took place that injured a Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy and four other individuals. Fortunately, although they were transported to the hospital with complaints of pain, their injuries have been described as minor.

The deputy was driving south in response to a call for medical aid at approximately 6:40 in the evening. A second vehicle broadsided the deputy's vehicle in an intersection. The force of the collision caused the civilian vehicle to crash into two additional vehicles. The accident investigation is ongoing.

As this accident shows, when an officer is responding to a call, drivers must pay attention and drive with due care. Police should not be put into a position where they get into accident while en route to an emergency. In situations like that, not only are the individuals involved in the original emergency call not receiving aid, but a second emergency has taken place on top of that, wherein others could potentially be severely injured or killed. If a negligent driver fails to exercise appropriate care while driving, and causes an accident with a police vehicle, the driver will face legal liability for any resulting injuries and damages.

Source: Press-Telegram, "Sheriff's deputy, 4 others, hurt in Norwalk crash," Jeremiah Dobruck, Oct. 17, 2016

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