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Monday, May 21, 2018

Off-Duty Cop Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Q: Can an off-duty police officer be liable for personal injuries in a car accident?

While the vast majority of police officers serve and protect the public and are role models off-duty as well, others fall short. When that happens, officers sometimes find themselves accused of police brutality and police misconduct.

Sometimes police officers exercise poor judgment when they're off duty as well. If they hurt or kill somebody, they may be sued in a personal injury action or wrongful death lawsuit.  

One NYPD transit police officer has been arrested on “charges including manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, and driving while intoxicated" after a car accident in which he allegedly mowed down four young adults on a sidewalk. The accident occurred at approximately 3 AM and only hours before the officer was allegedly due to report to work. Witnesses say the officer’s SUV was traveling erratically at an excessive speed just before jumping the curb and allegedly plowing into the pedestrians and that he allegedly “tried to use the fact that he's an officer to get away".

One man died and the other three victims were hospitalized with serious injuries.

A personal injury lawsuit is a civil remedy available to victims who are injured as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of somebody else. Once liability is established, the victim may be awarded compensatory damages for their injuries. Such damages may include their current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Sometimes punitive damages are also awarded.

If the victim dies from the injuries sustained in the accident, their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. The damages awarded differ on a case-by-case basis depending upon the relationship between the victim and the family member. Generally, compensatory damages include the victim’s final medical and funeral expenses and the victim’s pain and suffering but may also include damages to compensate family members for financial losses and benefits due to the victim’s death.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein, PLLC can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. While it won't undo the accident, it may help relieve the financial burden it has caused so you can focus on healing. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured clients throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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