Being a police officer comes with many work-related hazards. Officers are often putting themselves in harm’s way, and that does not necessarily mean being involved in a shootout. In fact, officers would easily wind up injured on the job due to car accidents involving their patrol vehicles.

This type of scenario recently affected a police officer in California. According to reports, the officer was in a marked police cruiser and was traveling through an intersection when her vehicle was hit by two other vehicles. The officer was traveling west, and the two other vehicles were traveling north. It was unclear whether the officer had flashing lights or sirens operating at the time of the incident.

The drivers of the two northbound vehicles were transported from the scene with minor injuries. A passenger in one of those vehicles did not suffer any injuries. The officer reportedly suffered major injuries and was also transported to an area hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The incident was still under investigation at the time of the report, and more information may be disclosed at a later date.

No police officer wants to end up injured on the job. Unfortunately, it can easily come with the territory of working in this profession. Because this California officer did suffer injuries in the course of her work-related duties, she may qualify for workers’ compensation. These benefits could help her address many financial struggles that could result from the incident, including medical bills and lost wages while taking time off to recover.