High School Student Brinley Zoller Injured In Ballston Spa Car Accident With State Police Vehicle On Ballston Avenue
SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (March 12,2022) – A high school student identified as Brinley Zoller was injured in a Ballston Spa car accident with a state police vehicle on Ballston Avenue.
Saratoga County police officials are saying that the collision took place on Thursday afternoon. Brinley Zoller was crossing the roadway when they were hit by an unmarked police car.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Brinley Zoller was transported to the Albany Medical Center for treatment.
Investigators believe that the female police officer that hit the victim was on-duty at the time of the collision. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Ballston Spa Police Car Accidents
Many people are seriously injured every year in accidents with police cars. According to one study by Iowa Now, police cars were nearly twice as likely to crash when responding to an emergency. One of the problems is that police officers face a myriad of distractions while responding to emergencies. By contrast, ambulance drivers were not more likely to crash while responding to an emergency. What follows are just a few of the distractions that police officers face while in their vehicle.
- Every police car has a computer onboard that officers need to use.
- Police officers must respond to calls as they come in.
- Police officers often become distracted monitoring other drivers.
Depending on the facts of any case, a police officer and the department that they work for could be held at fault for a collision. Every officer must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must take steps to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. They must also yield to pedestrians before turning onto a different roadway.
Even if a police officer is responding to an emergency, they could still be held at fault for a collision. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), officers must operate their vehicle with due regard for the safety of all person even during emergency calls. When an officers acts with a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others, they could be held at fault in the event of a collision. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any accident involving a police vehicle.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- It should be determined if the officer was responding to an emergency.
- It should be determined if they had their lights and sirens on.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An experienced personal injury attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured in a collision with a police vehicle may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. A large number of survivors suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. A New York personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Ballston Spa Police Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Brinley Zoller as they continue to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what took place.
Have you or someone that you love been injured due to the negligent actions of a police officer? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to completely recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need help after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.