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Iowa trooper hurt in crash while investigating separate crash

Incidents on the roadways are not uncommon. A car accident can be caused by a hazard on the road, a distracted driver or a drunk driver. Whether it is a simple fender bender or a serious collision, drivers should also be aware that accident sites can be dangerous to travel near. Although drivers commonly reduce their speeds as they approach an accident site, drivers and passengers will frequently stare at and examine the site. This could lead to a major distraction and ultimately result in an additional accident.

Even when police officers stop to examine an accident, they are at risk because they are parked or standing near traffic. Following a recent collision in Oxford, an Iowa State Patrol trooper was struck while he was investigating a crash that occurred on Interstate 80 at around 6:40 a.m.

According to reports, the officer was sitting inside of his patrol car and was preparing to investigate the initial crash when the accident occurred. It is suspected that a pickup truck struck the patrol car after a semi-truck collided with the pickup truck.

The State Patrol trooper suffered back pain but the injuries were not categorized as serious. No one else suffered any injuries in the crash. Investigation is ongoing and authorities should be able to determine cause.

When a driver causes a car accident, they could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Those injured could file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Following a car crash, it is important to have a complete investigation of the incident. This could help those affected better understand their options and whether they have a cause of action.

Source: KCRG, "Iowa State Patrol Trooper Hurt In Interstate 80 Crash Near Oxford," Lee Hermiston, Mar. 14, 2014

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