At Cantor Injury Law, we were saddened to hear the news that an off-duty St. Louis County Police Officer passed away in a head-on collision Thursday night in Smithton, Illinois while on his way home from work, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. A passenger in the vehicle that hit the officer’s car also died. This type of tragic event should not occur and when it does, it is devastating not only to the family of those involved, but also the community as a whole. According to news reports, another vehicle tried to pass a truck and carelessly entered the officer’s lane.
Tragic events like these remind all of us who drive to pay attention while driving and continue to follow the rules of the road we all learned before we got our licenses. After serious collisions, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is important before speaking to any insurance company. An attorney can help in all aspects, even simply explaining the process and what to expect to make sure that everyone’s rights are protected.