An on-duty Hopkinsville Police Officer was involved in a rear-end collision last Monday in Christian County. The officer, Timothy Humble, was patrolling on Dawson Springs Road when the collision occurred at the intersection of Dawson Springs Road and Henson Drive in Hopkinsville.
A 2018 Hyundai Elantra driven by Armon White, 18, of Hopkinsville, rear-ended Humble’s cruiser. Officer Humble sustained serious injuries and was sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. White was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of serious injuries. There were three passengers in Armon’s car, two of whom also sustained injuries and were sent to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
The investigation of the accident is ongoing.
The dangers of distracted driving
In 2018, more than 2,800 fatalities and approximately 400,000 injuries were the result of distracted driving. Drivers who were 15 to 19 were more likely than those 20 and older to have been distracted at the time of accidents involving fatalities. And a quarter of all fatal crashes were caused by distracted drivers between the ages of 20 to 29.
There are three main kinds of distraction:visual, manual and cognitive. Any distraction that takes your full attention off the road is a form of distraction. This can include texting or reading emails while driving, looking at a navigation device, talking on a cell phone or looking away from the road while talking to a passenger.
Distracted driving and what can be done about it
There are a number of things that people can do to prevent tragic accidents due to distracted driving, but being aware is the most important. These tips are suggested by the CDC:
- Don’t multitask while driving, including adjusting the mirror, selecting music, eating or even accepting a phone call.
- Passengers should remind drivers if their behavior seems unsafe.
- Parents should talk to teenagers about the risks associated with distracted driving as well as the penalties, and model the behavior they wish to see in their children.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with getting compensation for medical bills, property damage and lost wages as well as making sure the insurance company works with you.