On average, there’s a rear-end collision on the roads every eight seconds across the United States. Common factors that contribute to rear-end accidents include distracted driving, tailgating, panic stops, reduced roadway traction, weather factors, and much more.
Though the police are notified immediately following these roadway incidents, or at least they are supposed to be, there have been a few police vehicle actually involved in rear-end collisions as of late.
So what happens when you get rear-ended by the police?
According to WMDT, in early November, an officer was hit in a rear-end collision during a routine traffic stop. In Maryland, Corporal Hamilton of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was hit during a traffic stop and suffered a concussion. The driver of the vehicle slammed into her police cruiser while she was stopped on the road during the middle of a traffic stop.
Officer Hamilton was treated and released from the hospital.
KTNV adds that just outside the Las Vegas Strip, an officer is actually at fault for a rear-end collision involving a limo.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that an officer was at fault for an incident that injured a limousine driver at about 4:15 a.m. on Flamingo Road near Interstate 15, just outside of the Las Vegas Strip. The officer made an illegal U-turn in front of the limo, which led the limo to rear-end the patrol car. Both automobiles crashed into a wall after contact and the limo caught on fire.
The officer, who suffered a broken left arm, leg, and face injuries, was able to get the limo driver out of the vehicle before it was fully engulfed in flames.
Lastly, according to AZ Central, a Phoenix police officer and a prisoner suffered minor injuries after another rear-end collision.
Sgt. Armando Carbajal of the Phoenix Police Department said that the patrol vehicle was stopped at a red light around 8:30 a.m. when a truck crashed into it from behind, causing the patrol car to hit another vehicle in front of it.
An investigation is ongoing.
No matter where and what you are driving, always give yourself plenty of time to stop in order to avoid these dangerous and costly rear-end collisions.