Everyone is protected by certain rights on the road. Regardless of whether someone is a police officer or a commuter, the laws of the road are for the most part the same. The law of negligence requires people to behave in a way that is in line with certain standards of conduct. Anyone who is injured as a result of someone failing to abide by these standards may be eligible for compensation. Proving negligence can be difficult and often requires legal expertise and experience.
A recent accident in New York involved two New York police officers and a livery cab. According to reports, the accident occurred at a Brooklyn intersection. The two NYPD officers were in a police cruiser with their sirens on when they collided with the livery cab. Following the collision, the cab slammed into a mailbox before hitting a crosswalk sign and knocking it over.
The police officers said that they were on the way to a reported assault when the accident happened. The assault involved a knife, according to reports. Following the crash, both police officers received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Two occupants in the cab, the driver and a passenger, also suffered what were said to be minor injuries. The four victims were taken to a nearby hospital.
Following car accidents, victims are often unprepared for the many expenses that result. Injuries often require long-term treatment which can in turn require victims to pay for a myriad of medical expenses. Even transportation to the hospital can result in a hefty bills. Thankfully, some victims may be eligible for compensation when another driver was negligent. Compensation can help to alleviate some of these financial strains.
Source: CBS New York, “Pair Of NYPD Officers Injured In Crash With Cab While Responding To Reported Assault,” May 25, 2014