Two People Critically Injured Following Accident Involving Ambulance By The Intersection of 80th Street and 34th Street
QUEENS, NEW YORK (September 2, 2023) – Two men riding a dirt bike were critically injured in a Queens collision involving an ambulance along 80th Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. Two people were riding a dirt bike when they were involved in a collision with an ambulance.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victims. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Queens 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.” Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Emergency vehicle operators have a great deal of immunity for civil liability if they are in the middle of an emergency with their sirens activated. When an ambulance is not responding to an emergency, they must obey traffic regulations like every other driver. A number of collisions are caused by ambulance drivers that make dangerous left turns. Any person that is injured in a collision with an ambulance may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.
Investigating New York City Collisions
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the two people injured in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Queens ambulance accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys 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 any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.