Driving a car comes with tremendous responsibility. Understanding the laws of the road and being a courteous and cautious driver helps to ensure that all motorists on the Tennessee roadways make it to their destinations safely. Car accidents can and do happen, even with the most diligent of drivers. One couple is hoping that justice is served after they were struck by an off-duty police officer.
The woman says that they never saw the cruiser coming until it was too late. As they were pulling out of a parking lot, the off-duty deputy struck their vehicle, flipping it over. An email that was sent from the officer to the City Manager acknowledges that the cop was speeding, but the couple was cited for failing to yield. For speeding, a verbal reprimand was given.
A news team dug deeper into the deputy's history and learned that this was not the first time he had been involved in an accident. He was previously employed with another Tennessee county law enforcement agency where he was reprimanded for five accidents. The preventable accidents caused his privilege of a take-home vehicle to be revoked. The officer's previous employer found him to be dangerous enough to ask for his resignation or consider terminating him. The man resigned and then found a job in his current position.
When car accidents happen, motorists assume that police need to be called to the scene to assist the injured. The officer in this case is blamed for causing this accident by the elderly Tennessee couple that he struck. With the aid of an attorney, those in similar circumstances can get help in investigating an incident to determine whether grounds exist for legal recourse. A successful civil lawsuit could result in an award of monetary damages to help with medical costs and other financial losses.
Source: wsmv.com, "Off-duty officer involved in crash previously disciplined 5 times for driving incidents", Alanna Autler, Dec. 14, 2017