New York Police Department Officer Injured In Crash After Being Pinned Between Car and Tractor-Trailer Truck In Brooklyn by Linden Boulevard and Eldert Lane
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 30, 2021) – A NYPD officer was injured in a car accident after being pinned between a vehicle and semi-truck near the intersection of Linden Boulevard and Eldert Lane.
New York City police officers are saying that the accident took place around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 28th. A NYPD officer witnessed a crash between a car and commercial truck.
That officer was directing the driver to move out of the way of traffic when the truck driver drove forward and pinned the officer to the other car. An ambulance was called to the scene of the collision in order to help the injured officer.
They were taken to the hospital and are reported to be in stable condition. It remains unclear if the truck driver will be charged following the accident.
A full investigation into the accident that injured the NYPD officer remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Semi-Truck Accidents
Police officers across the country have difficult jobs and face a wide range of potential hazards. According to one report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 108 police officers killed on the job in 2018. Transportation accidents and violence from suspects were the leading causes of death for officers in 2018 and 2019. This has temporarily been surpassed by deaths from Covid-19. Nearly 5 times as many police officers have died from Covid-19 than from gun violence since the start of the pandemic. Officers that are injured in the line-of-duty may be able to seek support with the following benefits through worker’s compensation.
- Medical benefits covering all expenses related to an injury.
- Lost wages benefits when a worker is off the job for more than 7 days.
- Financial compensation when a worker suffers a loss of function or permanent disability.
- Expenses related to going to a doctor’s office.
- Survivor benefits in the unfortunate event a worker is killed.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, an injured worker may also be able to seek compensation through a third party liability claim. A third party liability claim may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer is responsible for an accident. A potential source of third party liability could be a truck driver that is negligent and hits a NYPD officer. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), all drivers are supposed to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. Truck drivers, in particular, are held to a heightened standard in terms of safety as holders of a commercial driver’s license.
If a truck driver is negligent and hits a police officer, the company that they work for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies in New York are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. To evade liability, many companies will hire truck drivers as independent contractors. In general, companies will typically not be liable for the work of the independent contractors that they hire – unless they are performing some non-delegable duty. Victims of truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Many people will not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after an accident. This is why it’s so important to seek medical care after an accident. Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New York City truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating The Brooklyn Truck Accident That Injured A NYPD Officer
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the NYPD officer injured in this crash. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should reach out to investigators. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
This accident also raises a number of safety concerns. Was the truck driver distracted when they hit the police officer? Were they properly licensed? What were the circumstances leading up to the crash? The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are totally preventable and due to drivers that are not paying attention to what’s ahead of them.