Last Updated: 7/13/2020
An unnamed motorist crashed into a stopped police car in South Los Angeles on August 5, injuring two LAPD officers in the process. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following the crash.
The officers had stopped their vehicle for a routine traffic stop on Gage Avenue between Main Street and Broadway at around 1 a.m. Their vehicle was struck by another vehicle from behind and shoved into the car they had pulled over.
Both officers were injured in the accident but did not go to the hospital.
Attorney commentator Bobby Thompson offered some thoughts to The Legal Herald on the legal options for police hit by drunk drivers:
“When a police officer is wounded or killed on duty, it may be difficult to assess the responsibility. Police work is extremely risky and officers realize that through their job responsibilities they must face a certain level of harm. It is difficult to establish liability in a drunk driving case, especially with those involving police officers. Our legal team in California has experience handling cases involving injured police officers and fighting for the compensation they ultimately deserve,” shared Mr. Thompson.