Channel 10 News reported today that a police officer injured in Pacific Beach suffered personal injuries and was taken to a local hospital after a driver plowed through a stop sign causing a motor vehicle accident. Our hearts go out to the family of the officer hurt by this incident. The news report also stated that the driver was suspected of drunk driving.

Red lights, stop signs, and traffic signals exist to help coordinate and direct traffic. All drivers are required to drive carefully and be observant of their surroundings. This driver missed these signs and will likely be liable for all harm caused to the officer. There may be other consequences if drugs or alcohol were involved. The story mentions possible drunk driving, which, if true, means the driver could be held personally liable, even if he has insurance.