The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said a sheriff’s deputy would be alright following a Tampa traffic accident. The collision happened at noon on Tuesday, November 16th. The sheriff’s office said an SUV ran a red light, leading to the accident.
The crash happened near North Florida Avenue and Palm Avenue. The SUV collided with a deputy’s marked unit after running the red light. The impact left the SUV badly damaged. The sheriff’s office said the deputy was uninjured, and the SUV driver did not suffer any severe injuries.
The police used the Tampa traffic accident to advocate for driving safely and following all traffic signals and laws. The Tampa Police Department is handling the investigation into the accident. There is no additional information at this time.
When law enforcement officers get into a car crash, it leaves them open to different types of injuries. The latter includes broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, etc. While some injured officers may return to work, others might end up with a disability.
This means that in addition to the medical bills they have to pay, they might lose their source of income. Thankfully, Florida law prevents such dire circumstances with workers’ compensation insurance. Under the law, an injured law enforcement officer who sustains the injury in the line of duty is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Work comp would cover their medical bills and lost income for the time they were away from work. In addition, in cases of car accidents, aside from work comp benefits, the injured officer might be able to file a third-party lawsuit against the driver at fault.
Contact a Florida work comp lawyer for more information on law enforcement officers’ workers’ compensation process.