The news in Louisiana and across the nation tends to focus on dangers on the road with distracted driving, drowsy driving, recklessness and other issues coming to the forefront statistically and anecdotally.

However, one longtime risk for people was and continues to be encountering a drunk driver. Drunk driving crashes are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents with injuries and. Those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a drunk driving car accident must prepare for a legal filing.

As evidence that a drunk driver car crash into anyone at any time, a State Trooper’s vehicle was hit by an alleged drunk driver recently. The accident occurred in the early morning hours at around 5:30 a.m. The officer was in his vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The emergency lights were on as the officer was overseeing traffic safety. The vehicle crashed into the rear of the cruiser. Upon investigation, the driver was found to be an illegal immigrant. The driver also refused to give his real name and real identification, but it was later determined who he was. This was his second drunk driving offense. The officer was reported not to have been seriously injured. The investigation is continuing.

While drunk driving accidents where those involved are said not to have suffered serious injuries might be a relief in the immediate aftermath, it does not mean medical issues will not show themselves in the short and even long-term after the crash. For many, they might not need significant treatment right after the accident, but soon begin to feel the aftereffects with back pain, neck pain, headaches and more. This is especially true when it is a rear-end crash.

As the investigation continues, the officer who was in the vehicle at the time should think about how he might have been impacted by the crash and contact a lawyer. This is true for anyone who is involved in drunk driving car accidents regardless of whether they think their injuries are serious or not.