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Police Car Struck While on Scene of Earlier Fatal Collision in Ormond Beach, Florida


March 21, 2020

ORMOND BEACH, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that a car crash took place this weekend in Ormond Beach between a pickup truck and a motorcycle. A police officer was then injured while investigating the earlier incident.*

The first crash, which involved a head-on impact on Ocean Shore Boulevard, tragically killed a motorcyclist and injured the other driver. Police officers used their vehicles to block the road while the investigation was underway. While an officer was in one of the vehicles making up the blockade and stopping the flow of traffic, another car collided with the officer’s vehicle. 

Details regarding the crash have not been released, but reports indicate that the officer was transported to the hospital following the impact. Additional details are not currently available. 

In Florida, drivers are legally obligated to switch into the farthest traffic lane from emergency responders as long as it is possible and safe to do so. When a driver cannot pull into a lane farther from emergency responders, then he or she must slow down their vehicle to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit while passing the scene of the emergency. 

The law applies to police vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks, sanitation vehicles, and any other emergency personnel who might be on site. 

Vehicle-related incidents are the number one threat to police officers while on the job. More officers die in pedestrian crashes or vehicle collisions than in anything else. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37 percent of fatalities that occur in the line of duty are motor vehicle-related. About 64 officers die in crashes every year.

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/03/08/patrol-vehicle-hit-while-investigating-fatal-crash/?outputType=amp and https://www.wjhg.com/content/news/January-is-Move-Over-month-566738381.html and https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/leo/default.html


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