Police Officer Injured In Wrong-Way Crash, One Charged With DUI

Posted By: SSF Law Firm Posted In: DUI Accident Posted On: November 20, 2019

There are plenty of dangers on the roadway. Regardless of how safely you operate, you cannot always predict the actions of other drivers around you. One Pittsburgh police office learned that recently when he was struck by a wrong-way driver on the North Side.

At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help if you or a loved one are injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver. Let our Pittsburgh DUI accident attorneys get to work on your behalf.

What happened in this Pittsburg incident?

Earlier in November, Nicholas Najeski was driving the wrong way down Jacksonia Street. That was when he slammed head-on into a Pittsburgh police vehicle.

Police say that Najeski tried to escape in his vehicle but was quickly apprehended. According to the criminal complaint against him, Najeski has red and blood-shot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Police say they also found a marijuana pipe on him. Najeski was also driving under a suspended license.

The police officer who was struck by Najeski was taken to the hospital due to a neck injury as a result of the crash.

Nicholas Najeski is facing a range of charges, including DUI, an accident involving damage to a vehicle, as well as illegally operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. This signifies that he has recently been arrested and convicted of a DUI charge.

These incidents can lead to serious harm

We are grateful that nobody was killed due to the negligent actions of this driver. According to the Pennsylvania DOT, there were around 128,000 total traffic crashes during the latest reporting year in the commonwealth. Out of those, more than 80,000 people were injured, and 1,127 people lost their lives.

If we look more closely at the statistics provided by the DOT, we can see that alcohol-impaired drivers pose a significant risk to everyone on the roadway. During that same year, there were more than 10,000 total injuries as a result of alcohol-related crashes, and 26% of all traffic fatalities were the result of a drunk driver’s actions.

Alcohol- and drug-impaired crashes often involve serious injuries, including:

Let us help you through this

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the actions of an impaired driver, you should seek legal assistance today. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we believe that negligent and careless drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Our attorneys will work to secure the compensation you deserve, including:

  • Coverage of your medical bills
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the impaired driver

If you need a Pittsburgh DUI accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-988-9467.

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