First responders in New York City put their lives on the line every day by placing themselves in dangerous situations for the benefit of others. This is part of their job. While they might understand that they are at risk due to the sheer nature of their duties, they might not realize that they can find themselves in danger even in what might initially appear to be a mundane and rudimentary situation. Even law enforcement officers are not immune to being in car accidents. When they are, accident investigations are just as important for them as they are for civilians as they too have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.
Two New York City police officers were injured as they sat in their squad car on the Henry Hudson Parkway and were dealing with a separate motor vehicle accident. The accident occurred at around 6 a.m. when a taxi crashed into their vehicle. It was a marked patrol car. The two officers were injured. The subsequent investigation found that the cab driver, a 27-year-old man, was possibly under the influence. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. Marijuana was found in his possession. He was placed under arrest for DWI and for possession of marijuana.
Police officers will know what to do when they are investigating car collisions, but they must also make certain to know their rights when they are the victims in crashes. There can be lost time at work, injuries, lost wages, problems returning to normal and extensive problems that might not have been initially evident, but worsen as time passes. Insurance companies will try and settle a case as quickly as possible to avoid a legal filing, but the offer they make is rarely sufficient. Having legal advice is essential to maximize compensation and cover for all that was lost.
An alleged drunk taxi driver crashed into a police car in upper Manhattan. While the case is still being investigated and the driver of the taxi is facing charges, the two officers who were in the vehicle were injured. They must protect their interests by considering a legal filing to be compensated. An experienced lawyer can help.
Source: nypost.com, "Drunken cab driver rams police car on UWS, injures cops," Amanda Woods, Jan. 7, 2018