Two Police Officers Among Three Injured in Nashville, Tennessee Car Crash
NASHVILLE, TN- Wreg.com writes that two police officers were involved in a car crash in South Memphis. The incident took place in the evening, and both officers and another victim were transported to the Regional One Hospital.*
Reports indicate that the officers engaged in a car chase after seeing a Dodge Charger that they believed had been carjacked. The driver in the Dodge attempted to evade officers, and the police pursued.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Police chases are extremely dangerous for everyone involved. Suspects, bystanders, and officers are often killed in these crashes. USA Today issued a report indicating that about 55 percent of the victims in these crashes are the fleeing drivers, but bystanders were killed in the next highest amount. Many police departments have guidelines that tell officers when they can and cannot pursue suspects in a chase. Too many of these pursuits involve non-dangerous suspects, and the resulting chase ends up being more dangerous than the criminal being followed.
Even not including car chases, traffic accidents are the biggest risk police face on the job. Studies indicate that car crashes kill more police officers than any other on the job risk, including gun violence. Officers face particular risks when responding to the scene of crashes. Working along the side of the road close to the flow of traffic can prove lethal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that police slow down when responding to calls, and drive with caution. Many officers are killed while trying to get to the site of an emergency. Even with flashing lights and sirens, many drivers do not react appropriately, causing confusing and potentially hazardous roadway conditions.
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://wreg.com/2020/01/21/two-officers-one-man-hurt-after-south-memphis-crash/ and https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/leo/default.html and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/