Unfortunately, many Nashville car accidents involve those who are tasked with keeping our community safe. One Nashville area police officer was struck by a motorist on Murfreesboro Pike last Saturday as he attempted to direct traffic around another accident at 5:30 a.m. The officer had on a bright yellow police vest so that he was visible to other motorists but he was struck anyway by an Antioch man.
The 47-year-old Antioch man said that he had a "blood-sugar episode" at the time of the crash and that he didn't feel well. It is unknown whether the man is diabetic or if he was on medication at the time of the crash but his license was valid and he did not show signs of alcohol or drug use.
There are many situations in which drivers with medical conditions are financially liable for damages arising out of the car accidents that they cause. Drivers that are aware that they have medical conditions which may impair their driving ability can be held responsible for failing to properly control their medical conditions. Examples of this include epileptics who fail to take seizure medicine or diabetics that don't properly control their insulin.
Fortunately the injured officer was not killed in this accident and he was conscious and talking today.
"He's going to be sore for a while, and he'll need some dental work," the officer's father said. "But they took the tube out this morning, and he's able to talk, speak, even laugh. He's still got a long road ahead of him, but all the support he's getting makes it a lot easier."
Source: The Tennessean, "Nashville officer hit by car may be home soon," Andy Humbles, Jan. 10, 2012