Of course, an ambulance transporting a person in dire condition should have priority. Green lights and Godspeed. But it does society no good if one person is disabled or killed in trying to save the life of another. Ambulance accidents are especially tragic when (as is all too often the case) it turns out there was no medical emergency.
The Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm holds ambulance companies accountable for serious injury or fatality from the reckless operation. Our law firm works with accident victims and families to ensure that they are fairly compensated for their significant losses and suffering.
Our lawyers have handled thousands of motor vehicle accidents in every borough of New York City, including our share of ambulance accidents. We understand where the special privileges of ambulance drivers begin and where they end. Negligent ambulance drivers who were not attending to emergency situations will always be held accountable by our law firm.
We can represent victims of ambulance accidents in all scenarios:
Ambulances have a special exemption from speed limits and stopping at red lights and stop signs. However, ambulance drivers cannot simply barrel through an intersection without regard for other vehicles or foot traffic. Moreover, if ambulance drivers do stop for traffic signals they immediately become subject to the same rules of the road as other motorists.
These and other distinctions may be the key to recovering compensation. We know the steps to take and the questions to ask to establish liability for a preventable ambulance crash. Was the patient in urgent or critical need or did the ambulance driver take liberties with a low-urgency run or empty ambulance? Did the ambulance have its headlights, flashers, and siren on? Was the ambulance moving unreasonably fast for the traffic conditions, weather, or time of day?
An ambulance racing through the streets has the potential to cause massive harm. Raphaelson & Levine is known for notable results in cases of serious and catastrophic injury. We take pride in our level of service, and we are committed to maximizing compensation for clients who may have a lifetime of needs.
Call 212-268-3222 for a free consultation with one of our New York City ambulance accident injury attorneys.