Drunk Driver Charged with Police Death, Lawyers Concerned for Other Victims

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A 25 year old was charged with manslaughter for drunk driving leading to the death of a policeman. Lawyers say the tragedy is an object lesson and that accident victims must know their rights.

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If an accident wasn't your fault, you shouldn't have to bear the financial cost of it.

Twenty-five year old James Ryan was arrested Friday for drunk driving, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and other charges after an accident he caused led to the death of a police officer. The officer, Joseph Olivier, 43, was struck and killed by a Cadillac Escalade on the Long Island Expressway as he tried to help accident victims reported NBC News New York. Attorneys with Personal Injury Lawyers NY, a website that assists accident victims, said the incident should serve as a cautionary tale.

“Nothing can make up for a tragedy like this,” said Daniel Holton, a spokesperson for the group. “But it's important for accident victims across the country to know that they have options, and that compensation exists for a reason.”

Ryan had been involved in two crashes that evening. After striking a BMW, Ryan kept driving. Shortly afterward he struck a Honda Civic, and was forced to pull over in the HOV lane. It was then that Olivieri stopped to help the motorists and was killed, apparently by an unrelated vehicle passing by.

“These kinds of accidents are sadly common, but usually don't get reported,” Holton said. “Often times, victims or their survivors don't realise that they are legally entitled to compensation. When they face medical bills, lost work, or funeral expenses, the money makes a difference.”

Personal Injury Lawyers NY exists to help accident victims navigate the complex legal processes before them and connect with a lawyer who can help. The website acts as a portal, offering free legal advice and allowing victims to get in touch with lawyers who have experience in their type of case. The website works not only with car accident victims but those injured on the job or elsewhere.

“If an accident wasn't your fault, you shouldn't have to bear the financial cost of it,” said Holton. “We just want to make sure people have appropriate legal counsel and know all their options.”

Ryan was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Although he was charged with manslaughter for Olivieri's death, his lawyer argues that the charge is unfounded because it was not Ryan who struck and killed the officer.

Ryan pleaded not guilty and is currently out on bail.

About Personal Injury Lawyers New York:

Personal Injury Lawyers New York is a website that helps accident victims receive free legal consultations. They can be reached at (646) 600-9221.

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