The Lewisburg police chief was involved in a car accident on April 18. The police chief, a 57-year-old man, was on his way to breakfast around 6 a.m. when a vehicle that was being driven by a 68-year-old woman rear-ended him at a stoplight, pushing his vehicle into the intersection. His vehicle then crashed into a light pole nearby.

Patrolmen on the scene say that there were no drugs or alcohol involved in the motor vehicle accident. However, the troopers did state that fog was heavy that morning. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and the police chief’s vehicle had its lights on. The police chief could not recall if lights were on on the woman’s vehicle.

Both individuals were injured, but the woman’s injuries were not as severe as the police chief’s injuries. The female driver was transferred to Marshall Medical Center, where she was later released. The police chief was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He suffered major injuries in his spine. Luckily, he did not sustain head injuries or any organ damage.

Car accidents like these happen without warning. Drivers may be doing everything right and paying good attention to the road when another driver makes a serious error. The injuries that ensue can be catastrophic. Victims of these accidents can end up with thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages and serious personal injuries that change their lives. In cases like these, a lawyer may be able to help victims file insurance claims or cases against distracted and negligent drivers.

Source: Marshall County Tribune, “Chief Chuck Forbis hospitalized following car accident,” Ivory Riner, April 22, 2015