CHP Officer Fatally Struck
Over the weekend, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was fatally struck while investigating a traffic crash in Sacramento. The CHP has recently issued a press release about the devastating news. The incident happened on Saturday, March 12 at about 2:25 p.m. Officer Nathan Daniel Taylor was struck by a vehicle while investigating a collision in the area of westbound Interstate 80 at Castle Peak Road in the Gold Run Area. Although he was rushed to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV, he succumbed to his injuries late Sunday night. At this time, there has been no word on how this crash happened or if any citations have been made.
Move Over For Flashing Lights
Motorists are reminded to move over for flashing lights. This includes the amber lights of DOT vehicles as well. First responders like police officers and EMT’s need room to do their jobs safely. If you can’t safely move over, you need to slow down. Moving over also gives you room to react in the event of an emergency. You don’t want to have to defensively drive in the lane immediately next to a first responder who is on foot. The roadside is a dangerous place to work, and drivers are also reminded to pay attention to the task of driving.
Distracted Driving on California Roadways
Distracted driving has become an epidemic on roadways in California and across the nation. If you’re paying attention to your iPhone or other electronic device, you’re not paying attention to the road. Looking out for other drivers, pedestrians and roadside workers means you need to be watching the road at all times. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving can prevent injury causing and fatal distracted driving accidents.
First Responders in California
First responders with the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies put their lives on the line every day. Although many people think of gun-wielding criminals as the biggest threat to cops and other law enforcement officers, the truth of the matter is that responding to and assisting motorists on the roadside is the single most dangerous part of the job. Let’s pledge to protect first responders and other roadway workers by making a commitment to distraction-free driving and always remembering to slow down and move over for flashing lights.
The whole team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Officer Taylor’s family members, friends and coworkers.