Attorney Jeff Nadrich Discusses Recent CHP Accident on I-15

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Jeff Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen, San Diego Personal Injury Attorney, discusses a recent collision between a California Highway Patrol and another vehicle on Interstate 15, the legal implications of the accident, and what victims can do when injured in car accidents.

A collision between a California Highway Patrol vehicle and another car on Interstate 15 sent the officer to the hospital with apparently minor injuries. The accident occurred on the northbound side of I-15 between Carroll Canyon Road and Mira Mesa Boulevard around 6:15 a.m. According to early reports, the CHP patrol car sustained rear-end damage while the gray car involved had front-end damage. Both cars were pulled onto the shoulder of the road when the scene was photographed by aerial cameras.

No official report has yet been released as to the cause of the crash or the extent of the officer’s injuries, but early reports indicated that the injuries were relatively minor and that the officer was ambulatory at the scene of the collision.

Rear-end collisions are almost always charged to the driver of the vehicle that hits the car in front. There is no word at this point whether the driver of the gray car will be charged or what charges might be pending.

San Diego personal injury attorney Jeff Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen notes, “When a police officer is involved in a car accident, the aftermath always includes complicated legal issues. This is because a police officer is not only a private individual; he or she is also an employee of the county or state and is an officer of the court. As such, these men and women are governed by different rules than private citizens.”

“However, that does not mean that a police officer does not have the right to collect damages for injuries sustained in a car accident caused by a private citizen. Police officers do not check their civil rights at the door; they simply have to handle such situations somewhat differently than others. In this case, the driver appears to have rear-ended the police officer. While the CHP officer may have workers’ compensation that will pay his medical bills, he could also be entitled to compensation from the driver for causing his injuries in this accident.”

About Nadrich & Cohen: Nadrich & Cohen is a Los Angeles-based personal injury law firm that represents victims of car accidents, truck collisions, bicycle and pedestrian crashes, defective product injuries, and nursing home abuse cases. For victims who have been injured in any type of accident, including a slip-and-fall or dog bite, the attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen can help them recover medical expenses related to the accident, increased living costs and other expenses, as well as possible sums for pain and suffering or mental anguish. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your personal injury case.

Attributes: ABC News 10, “Patrol car, vehicle crash on north I-15 between Carroll Canyon, Mira Mesa,” November 20, 2012.

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