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New York police officer injured removing barrels on closed bridge

On behalf of Kammholz Law PLLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

A 61-year-old New York police officer has been seriously injured after he was involved in a car accident along the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The man, who has been employed by the department for a decade, was moving traffic barrels when he was struck by the 26-year-old female driver. Official reports show that the accident occurred at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 20. Incident reports indicate that the man was helping to reopen the bridge at the time he was struck. The man suffered critical injuries when he was thrown onto the vehicle's windshield and then thrown about 10 feet onto the hard ground. Not only did the victim suffer head injuries in the collision, but his pelvis was also injured. Both head injuries and pelvic wounds have the potential to cause life-threatening conditions. The officer remains hospitalized because of these serious injuries. Experts with the MTA say that drivers should be more cognizant of the warning signs and signals that indicate work zones on roads throughout the state. Both maintenance personnel and officers can be subject to serious injury because of inattentive drivers. These drivers, who fail to notice markings designed to protect those alongside the road, can be considered negligent in civil court. They can be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to victims in auto-pedestrian crashes, as well. In this case, other officers from the man's department are keeping vigil at the man's bedside. The driver in this crash did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it is not clear whether speed played a role in this collision. Authorities say the accident is still under investigation. They were aided by the fact that the driver stayed at the scene of the accident, providing additional information. Even though the driver is cooperating with authorities, she could still be held responsible for the victim's medical bills. Head injuries can cause long-lasting behavioral and health effects, many of which require ongoing treatment. Personal injury attorneys can help accident victims find out more about their financial options in the wake of such devastating wounds. Source: newyork.cbslocal.com, "MTA: Officer hit by car on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge" No author given, Oct. 20, 2013

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