The importance of attentive Wisconsin driving was brought to a new level over the weekend of March 4, when not one, but two squad cars from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s department were struck by negligent drivers. Although one crash occurred on Saturday and one on Sunday, both accidents occurred while sheriff’s deputies had stopped to assist drivers at crash scenes.
On Saturday at 2 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were dealing with a one-vehicle crash on I-894 southbound when the vehicle caught fire. Simultaneously, the driver of an oncoming vehicle lost control and spun off the road, coming to a halt near the center median, facing oncoming traffic. As the driver of the second vehicle crossed the lane to the deputies at the first crash site, a third driver lost control of his Jeep Cherokee, crashing it into the parked squad car.
Just before the collision, the sheriff’s deputies helped the civilians take shelter behind the median wall. The deputies’ quick thinking protected everyone involved from what would have been fatal injuries. The squad car in question was totalled.
A second squad car was struck at around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, as a sheriff’s deputy was repsonding to a crash scene. The crash had taken place 30 minutes earlier, when a 22-year-old suspected drunk driver lost control of his car and hit a cement barrier while speeding along I-43 South.
After requesting backup to help increase visibility, the deputy was positioning her car to prevent oncoming drivers from striking the median, when the squad car was rear-ended. The driver of the car, a 44-year-old woman, was cited for three traffic offenses.
Both the deputy and the man involved in the initial Sunday crash were examined and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Madiscon car accident lawyers of Hupy and Abraham extend their sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured in these two incidents.