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New York crash could result in personal injury claim

Whether fairly or unfairly, police officers in New York and across the country are often held to a higher standard than average citizens. As enforcers of the law, they may be under increased scrutiny if they are suspected of breaking a law. Unfortunately, such scrutiny may be appropriate after police reports indicate an officer who was under the influence of alcohol caused an accident that resulted in a fatality and injured several people, potentially prompting them to file personal injury lawsuits.

The incident happened around 4 one morning on a day in April. According the reports, the car the 32-year-old off-duty police officer was driving struck another vehicle in the rear. The force of the impact pushed the vehicle into a light pole and a tree. All three occupants of the second vehicle were transported to the hospital.

The driver of that vehicle, a 22-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Her 21-year-old sister -- a passenger in the vehicle -- suffered several injuries, including internal trauma and a fractured hip and arm. A third occupant, a 20-year-old male, suffered injuries described as traumatic. The driver of the first vehicle now faces multiple charges as a result of the accident. Charges include driving while intoxicated, manslaughter and vehicular assault.

Although the consequences of driving under the influence are well-known, people often make the decision to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol; that decision often has devastating consequences. The surviving victims of this New York car crash may face a long road to recovery and require long-term, costly medical care. To help cope with the financial aspects of their injuries, they have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney with experience with injuries such as those suffered in this accident can help them understand their options. If negligence can be proved, they could receive a monetary award.

Source: amny.com, "NYPD officer charged after off-duty crash in Queens, police said", Dana Reszutek, April 26, 2017

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