Patrol Car in Orange County Involved in Severe Collision
Orlando, FL- Wftv.com writes that a vehicle from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a crash that occurred earlier this week. The crash injured a deputy who is currently recovering from injuries received in the collision.*
The crash happened at the intersection of Brockbank Drive and Lancaster Road in the evening. The reports have not stated the cause of the accident. Police are still investigating the crash.
Vehicle collisions are one of the biggest occupational hazards for police officers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle-related mishaps account for more on-duty law enforcement deaths than any other cause. Between 2005 and 2017, motor vehicle incidents killed 775 officers.
Law enforcement personnel are often driving in dangerous high-stress situations, for instance, when they are responding to emergency scenarios.
Some of the risks are also behavioral. For instance, officers not wearing seatbelts, speeding, distracted driving, and tunnel vision caused by high-stress situations all likely contribute to the number of law enforcement officers killed in collisions.
Statistically, about 30 percent of deaths that occur in the line-of-duty are caused by vehicle collisions, and about nine percent of deaths are caused by being hit by a vehicle. Within the last ten years, the only year when another cause of death outnumbered vehicle casualties was 2016 when firearms killed more officers than automobile accidents. Vehicle crashes are more than two times as likely to occur when police are responding to emergencies are they are when police are simply patrolling or driving under non-emergency scenarios. Even with the flashing lights and sirens, the high-speeds, anxiety, and need to respond to changes quickly present a multitude of dangers for officers.
Other emergency responders, such as those who operate ambulances, also face increased risks of being injured or killed in vehicle-collisions while responding to emergency calls.
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