Back in June, a retired school teacher was making a left hand turn in her 1965 Thunderbird when she was broadsided by a police car that was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle. The 91 year old woman was killed in the crash. Her family has filed a wrongful death suit against the city and is seeking $534,000 in the claim, says a New York Injury Lawyer.
The 28 year old officer who was driving the patrol car that killed the woman will not face criminal charges resulting from the accident, but that is not good enough for the family of the woman who was killed.
According to reports, investigators determined that the woman driving the Thunderbird was solely at fault because she failed to yield to a police vehicle. Had the officer been blaring his lights and sirens, perhaps that determination would have merit. There are specific laws regarding this situation if it occurs in The Bronx or Brooklyn. But the fact is the officer had no lights or sirens on at the time of the accident, and so it is easily assumed that the woman would not realize that there was a patrol car headed towards her.
The family alleges that the city failed to provide appropriate training to its officers in the case of high speed pursuits and it was this negligence that caused the accident that killed their loved one, claims the Injury Lawyer of New York. The officer involved in the crash has been back at work since January and says that he has no recollection of the accident at all.
Negligence can lead to accidents and injuries. People’s lives can change as a result of lack of training and simple mistakes.
If you feel you have been injured as a result of negligence, call a New York Injury Attorney today. If you are unsure whether or not you have a case, a good New York Injury Attorney can consult with you and tell you what your rights are. Stephen Bilkis & Associates with its NY Injury Lawyers, has convenient locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Flushing, NY. Our Personal Injury Attorneys can provide you with advice to guide you through situations where an injury resulted because of another’s negligence. Without a New York Injury Attorney you may lose your rights which may cost you a significant amount of money.
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