New York Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles
In New York, emergency vehicles have privileged exceptions to the normal traffic laws in certain situations, but their drivers still have a duty to avoid harming other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. This unique situation creates the setting for a particularly contentious personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
In addition to New York state and city laws governing emergency vehicles, most fire departments, police departments and emergency medical service (EMS) vehicles have their own standard protocol that drivers are expected to follow. This multilayered structure of rules makes emergency vehicle crashes quite complicated. Further, most of these injury cases involve issues of municipal liability, adding more requirements to the victim's claim.
These emergency vehicle accident claims can differ greatly from typical auto accident lawsuits, but at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, we have the experience, skills and resources to help navigate the complexities involved in emergency vehicle accident lawsuits. Contact us for an obligation-free consultation about your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
NY Police, Fire Truck And Ambulance Intersection Crash Lawsuits
According to the New York State Department of Health, approximately 400 ambulance, or EMS, accidents occur in New York each year, accounting for more than 700 serious injuries or deaths. The Department of Health estimates that at least 75 percent of these accidents occur in intersections, although that number is probably higher in New York City.
Speeding New York police cars cause far too many injuries and wrongful deaths each year, too. When these preventable emergency vehicle accidents occur, it's important for you to choose an experienced attorney who won't be intimidated by teams of municipal lawyers and corporate counsel.
Contact us when you're ready to speak with an emergency vehicle accident lawyer. Our NYC law firm has served injured people and families for more than 45 years; we know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.
Auto accident articles and resources you may find useful:
- Where Do I Begin After An Accident?
- An Alarming Look Back At Fatal New York Traffic Accidents In 2012
- Aggressive Driving Remains A Serious Problem In New York City
- Is New York's Fight Against Distracted Driving Effective?
- Driven To Safety: How Litigation Spurred Auto Safety Innovations
- New Rules For Teen Drivers In New York
- New York's 'Zone Of Danger' Doctrine