Trooper Hospitalized After Box Truck Crashes Into Cruiser
Our New York truck accident lawyers who handle police officer line of duty injury cases, know the hazards that police officers face everyday. On average, over the last ten years, one officer is killed in a car accident every week and there were 460 police officer fatalities nationwide, as a result of auto accidents between 2006 and 2017, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. A recent tragedy occurred in Westchester county where a Freightliner box truck driven by a Dutchess County citizen collided with a New York State Police cruiser in Westchester County, injuring a state trooper, an investigation is underway. The accident occurred around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the town of Greenburgh, according to State Police.
The trooper had stopped his police car on I-87's southbound right shoulder and was monitoring traffic between exits 7 and 7A when the southbound Ace Endico food truck collided with the cruiser's driver's side, according to authorities. According to authorities, the trooper was transferred to Westchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. He's been released since then. The car was severely damaged in the collision, according to authorities.
Our New York truck accident lawyers who represent injured police officers know that when an officer is is injured in the line of duty, New York Law requires that they be paid their full salary, while they are unable to work. New York's law also requires that the officer's medical bills be paid. While at one time, police officers in New York could not sue for line of duty injuries, that law changed many years ago, when New York enacted General Municipal Law 205-E, allows police officers, who are injured in the course of their duties to sue those who violated any law, that resulted in their injuries, either directly or indirectly. Our Westchester car accident lawyers, and New York truck accident attorneys who represent police officers injuired in the line of duty, know that New York's Vehicle and Traffice Law, is a source of law that police officers can rely on to bring a lawsuit pursuant General Municipal Law 205-E. In this case, Vehicle and Traffic Law 1128(a) requires that vehicle be driven completely in their lane of travel and not move from a lane until a lane change can be made with safety, in other words, vehicles are required to maintain their lane. Obviously where a police officer is monitoring traffic and a vehicle collides with them, the vehicle failed to maintain their lane of travel and violated New York's Vehicle and Traffic law. In this case, the trooper has a solid lawsuit against the truck driver and the truck company, since New York's Vehicle and Traffic Law makes owners of vehicles responsible for the actions of their drivers.
One of the most frequent questions that our New York Police line of duty injury is asked, what can an injured police officer sue for in a line of duty accident lawsuit? Our New York truck accident lawyers who represent police officers know that an injured police officer can sue for pain and suffering, loss of over time and if they retire early because of their injuries, the loss of value of their retirement benefits. If you were a police officer injured in a car or truck accident, call our New York accident lawyers that handle police line of duty injury cases for a free consultation.