Nashville Man Strikes Two Police Officers with His Vehicle
Nashville Police arrested a man after he struck two police officers with his vehicle, causing both to suffer serious injuries.
A staff report by wkrn.com states that the accident occurred when a detective with the Nashville Police Department was conducting a surveillance operation on Hampton Street when he observed a drug deal taking place.
When the detective approached the vehicle where the transaction was occurring, the driver of the vehicle suddenly accelerated and struck the detective. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical center for treatment of the injuries he suffered in the accident.
After fleeing the scene, the driver led police on a chase through several Nashville streets before crashing into a Nashville Police cruiser at the corner of Avalon Drive and Grover Street, injuring another police officer. He then fled the scene yet again before finally stopping nearby, forcing police to remove him from his vehicle.
As a result of the incident, the driver of the vehicle is being charged with felony assault of an officer and is currently in police custody.
The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law hope the two officers who were struck during this altercation are able to recover from their injuries.
What Should You Do If You’re Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Hit-and-run drivers hurt their victims twice. First, they can cause serious injuries during the initial accident—whether the victim is in a vehicle or on foot. Second, they can cause the victim even more suffering by leaving the scene of the accident and forcing police to search for them—which can delay the victim’s ability to receive compensation and receive justice for their injuries.
While it’s not always possible to immediately locate hit-and-run suspects, there are a few steps you can take if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident to improve your health and chances of receiving compensation for your accident-related expenses:
- Call 911 right away.
Hit-and-run accidents often leave victims with serious injuries. Your health should always be your top concern after an accident—and that’s why your first priority should be calling 911. Not only does calling 911 give you quick access to potentially life-saving medical care, but it also alerts the police. If they arrive quickly enough, they may be able to locate the driver who hit you in a short amount of time.
- Write down as much information as possible about the vehicle and driver.
As soon as you’re able to do so, either write down or verbally communicate as much information about the driver and his or her vehicle as you can. A description of the driver and vehicle, as well as unique identifying information, including partial license plate numbers, can help expedite the process when police begin looking for him or her.
- Call your insurance company and an experienced Nashville car accident attorney.
If the hit-and-run accident occurred while you were in your vehicle, it’s vital that you contact your insurance provider to report the accident. Most insurance providers require that all accidents be reported within a certain timeframe to comply with all rules and regulations. In addition, you should also call an attorney right away. Having an attorney on your side can get your case started off on the right foot and get you that much closer to getting compensation.
Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident can make for a confusing and frustrating experience. Not only are you injured and facing expensive medical bills, but you also don’t even know who caused the accident in the first place and how you can get the money you deserve.
At Matt Hardin Law, our legal team knows that this can be difficult time for your entire family. That’s why we’ll take over every aspect of your case right away so that you can focus on getting better. To find out how we can take the stress of the accident off your shoulders, just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online form.