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Aferdita Bardhi Injured In Guilderland Car Accident With Commercial Van By Western Avenue and Windingbrook Drive

Aferdita Bardhi, 53, Seriously Injured In Guilderland Collision With Medical Transport Van By The Intersection of Western Avenue and Windingbrook Drive

Aferdita Bardhi Injured In Guilderland Car Accident The Medical Transport Van

ALBANY COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 21, 2021) – A woman identified as Aferdita Bardhi was seriously injured after being hit by a non-emergency medical transport van near the intersection of Western Avenue and Windingbrook Drive.

Albany County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20th. Aferdita Bardhi  was attempting to cross the intersection when she was hit by a non-emergency medical transport van making a right turn.

Guilderland Fire Department officials worked to extricate the victim from underneath the van. Aferdita Bardhi was transported to the Albany Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and cooperated with police. This accident comes the same day that Michael McCutchan was seriously injured in a Greenburgh collision with a commercial van.

A full investigation into the Guilderland collision remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Guilderland Car Accidents With Non-Emergency Medical Transport Vans

Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 137,000 pedestrians involved in crashes were treated in emergency rooms in 2017. Pedestrians ages 65 and older along with small children were at the greatest risk of being involved in a crash. Most pedestrian collisions occur in urban areas, at non-intersections and at night. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to pedestrian collisions.

  • Speeding
  • Driver distraction
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inclement weather
  • Dimly lit intersections

Authorized emergency vehicles such as ambulances are afforded a great deal of protection from civil claims under New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1104. But the drivers of non-emergency medical transport vans typically will not have the same immunity from civil claims. They must use caution to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a),  all drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. They must also use their horn when necessary to give warning of their presence.

Drivers must only make turns when it is safe to do so. Under New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1163,  “No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection […] or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” Drivers that make dangerous right turns and hit pedestrians could be liable through a civil claim. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a crash may extend beyond any driver.

The company that owned a commercial van could be liable for a collision involving their vehicle. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as the negligent conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the work an employee was hired for. For example, a non-emergency transport driver could be in the middle of transporting a patient when an accident took place.

In New York State, every person that drives a truck or other commercial vehicle must first obtain a commercial driver’s license CDL. Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard in terms of safety and must undergo rigorous training. They must use the utmost caution and care to avoid hitting pedestrians and other drivers. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident with a commercial driver.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Work records of the commercial driver should be examined.
  • Medical records should be preserved. Even in the absence of eye witnesses, injuries can paint a picture of how a collision took place.

Any person that is injured due to the negligent conduct of a commercial driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, many companies will fight extremely hard to deny responsibility for an accident involving their driver. A New York pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Guilderland Car Accident With A Non-Emergency Medical Transport Van

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Aferdita Bardhi as she continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happen should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that similar accidents can be prevented.

This incident raises a number of safety concerns. Was the driver involved in this accident distracted? Did they receive adequate training? What were the circumstances leading up to the crash? Far too often, speedy trips are favored in a way that puts pedestrians and the public at risk.

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