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Maria Martinez Killed In Staten Island Ambulance Accident On Maine Avenue

Maria Martinez (Full Name: Maria Elena-Andres Martinez) Died In Staten Island Car Accident While Being Transported In Ambulance Along Maine Avenue

Maria Martinez Killed In Staten Island Ambulance Accident On Maine Avenue

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK (November 6, 2022) – A woman identified as Maria Martinez died in a Staten Island car accident involving an ambulance on Maine Avenue.

New York City police officials are saying that the incident first began around 6:10 a.m. on Friday. Maria Martinez was walking when she was hit by a Dodge Charger.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. She was put into and ambulance in order to be taken to the hospital.

However, the ambulance taking her to the hospital went the wrong way down a one way street. That ambulance was then hit by a Jeep.

A second ambulance was called to the scene in order to help all of the people that were injured. The driver of the Jeep, three EMS workers, and Maria Martinez were taken to Staten Island North Hospital.

Despite the best efforts of doctors and medical staff, Maria Martinez died as a result of her injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Staten Island Ambulance Accidents

Accidents involving ambulances may seem like freak occurrences, but they are actually very common. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2020, 180 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles. The majority of these deaths were occupants of non-emergency vehicles (56%). Deaths among pedestrians accounted for another 25%, while emergency vehicle drivers represented 11% and emergency vehicle passengers accounted for about 5% of the deaths.” There are a number of reasons that emergency vehicles can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians and those in smaller vehicles.

  • Emergency drivers can easily be distracted by all of the alerts and commands that they are constantly receiving.
  • Emergency drivers are allowed to speed and perform many other maneuvers that would otherwise be illegal.
  • An ambulance can weigh many times more than a passenger vehicle.

Depending on the facts of any case, the company that owned an ambulance could be liable for an accident involving their drivers. In general, municipal entities and companies that hire authorized emergency drivers have a great deal of immunity from civil lawsuits. However, their drivers must use their lights and sirens to warn other drivers about their presence. If an authorized emergency driver fails to turn on their lights and sirens while responding to an emergency, this could form the basis of a negligence claim if they are involved in a crash.

According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), the drivers of authorized emergency vehicles have a duty to operate their vehicle with due regard for the safety of all persons. When an officer shows a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others they could be liable for an accident during an ambulance ride. The New York Court of Appeals held that authorized emergency drivers show “reckless disregard” when they consciously disregard a known grave risk, which was likely to result in harm to others. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any accident involving an ambulance.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any person that is killed in an ambulance accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, ambulance companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any collision. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Liability For Staten Island Ambulance Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Maria Martinez. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a Staten Island ambulance accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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