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Monday, June 17, 2019

Hit and Injured by a Responding Ambulance

What happens when an ambulance strikes someone on its way to a call?

New York City accident attorneys are frequently contacted by victims who have been seriously injured by an ambulance that was on its way to a call when it collided with the victim. The victim may have been in another car, a bus, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or have been a pedestrian at the time of the accident.

To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, the victim must prove the defendant was liable for their serious injuries. They must show the defendant acted negligently, recklessly, or intentionally—or that they failed to act—and that was the cause of the victim’s injuries. If the defendant is found liable, the victim can recover compensatory damages which may include such things as current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, pain and suffering, and more, depending on the particular situation.

There are many different laws for different accidents in New York, so it’s important to consult a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible for clarification. In many New York accident cases, no fault insurance rules will apply before a personal injury suit for the excess damages can be considered. In addition, if the victim is found to be partially responsible for the accident, their award may be reduced in proportion to the percentage of liability assigned to them. There are also state and local rules regarding licensing requirements and age restrictions for the operation of different transportation modes like cars, buses, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and more that impact the ability to sue for damages.

Recently, an eight-year-old boy was reportedly hit while riding on a moped or scooter by a FDNY ambulance that was responding to an emergency. The boy was reportedly “treated for a mangled leg, a broken femur, pelvic injuries and internal bleeding”. The ambulance allegedly had its lights and sirens on and the boy was alone at the time.

It’s important to note that suing for damages in an auto accident involving a government vehicle requires very prompt legal action—or the victim will be barred from recovering at all. In order to protect your right to sue the entity, a notice of claim must be served on the city within 90 days of the accident in addition to filing a no-fault claim. Do not delay in seeking counsel from a skilled person injury attorney.

Contact our NYC accident attorney today

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a vehicle owned or operated by a municipality or government agency, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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