When we think of a Chicago police officer injured in the line of duty, we may think of someone shot by a bad guy. Perhaps an undercover officer is busted for being a cop and is shot. The truth is that most police officers are injured in motor vehicle accidents.
According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control police officers are among the top fifteen occupations for risk of fatal occupational injury.
The CDC says that nine out of ten line-of-duty deaths are due to vehicle accidents or assaults. This translates to about 100,000 police on an annual basis.
This week, three Chicago police officers became three of those statistics when they were seriously injured in a rollover car accident.
According to news sources, the three officers were in an unmarked car when they were notified at 11:30 in the morning of a potential burglary in progress. Off they sped to an address which was near the 7000 block of South Stony Island Avenue. When a second report came in that shots were fired, the situation escalated. The officer that was driving sped up considerably and nearly hit a motorist. When avoiding the motorist, the officer ran the car into two utility poles which flipped the car over.
The three officers were all seriously injured, although none suffered life-threatening injuries. By 3:30 in the afternoon all three officers were reported to be in stable condition. The most serious injury was reportedly a fractured hip.
According to the American Hospital Association, a patient who is in stable or fair condition has the following indicators.
- The vital signs such as temperature and heart rate are stable and within normal limits.
- The patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable.
- Other indicators such as pupil dilation are favorable.
Because these three officers were injured while on the job, they should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits that will cover their medical expenses and wages until such a time as they can return to work.