Man Died In Bronx Car Accident With FDNY Ambulance Near the Intersection of Dekalb Avenue and East Gun Hill Road
BRONX, NEW YORK (January 6, 2022) – A pedestrian has tragically died in a Bronx car accident with an FDNY ambulance near the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and East Gun Hill Road.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, January 2nd. A 56-year-old man was crossing East Gun Hill Road as an ambulance was making a left turn from Dekalb Avenue.
The ambulance struck the victim and knocked him to the ground leaving him with serious injuries. A second ambulance was called to the scene and took the victim to the hospital.
Despite the best efforts of hospital staff, the victim died due to their injuries. It’s unclear if the ambulance was in the middle of an emergency call with lights and sirens at the time of the collision.
Liability In New York City Ambulance Accidents
There are over 1,500 ambulance accidents every year in the United States. These accidents result in hundreds of injuries and an average of 33 fatalities every year. Ambulances can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians. Their drivers are allowed to speed, run red lights and perform many traffic maneuvers that would otherwise be illegal. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to pedestrian accidents including.
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
All ambulance drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Determining liability for an accident involving an ambulance can be difficult. Whether or not an ambulance driver will be liable for an accident will depend on the circumstances of the crash. Generally speaking, ambulance drivers have a great deal of immunity from civil suits when they are responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on.
Still, ambulance drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians or causing accidents. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), drivers of authorized emergency vehicles can be liable for accidents during an emergency trip if they were operating their vehicle with a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others. The New York Court of Appeals has held that drivers show a reckless disregard for the safety of others when they knowingly disregard a known risk likely to result in harm to others.
When an ambulance driver is not responding to an emergency, they must obey traffic laws like every other driver. They must obey the speed limit and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), every driver must exercise due care to avoid hitting bicyclists, pedestrians and domestic animals in the roadway. Many collisions happen when drivers make dangerous left turns and fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any ambulance accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The purpose of the ambulance trip should be determined.
The family of any victim that died in an accident with an FDNY ambulance may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New York City wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations associated with civil claims. When the at-fault entity is a New York municipality, plaintiffs must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days.
Investigating A New York City Ambulance Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in this Bronx FDNY ambulance accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much.
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