BROOKLYN, NY – A private ambulance was flipped on its side following a collision with an SUV in Brooklyn early Sunday morning. Two patients were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The ambulance had its warning lights on as it rushed through the intersection of 18th Avenue and 52nd Street in the burough’s Mapleton neighborhood at approximately 12:30 am when it was struck on the rear passenger’s side by an SUV. The emergency vehicle was knocked on its side and skidded to a halt in the middle of the road, leaving at least two injured. FDNY reports that two additional individuals refused medical treatment.
The ambulance was marked with American Medical Response badging, a private company that has been contracted by FEMA as part of its COVID-19 response. It is unclear if this particular vehicle was involved in that effort.
Filing a Claim Against an Emergency Vehicle Operator
Ambulances provide a necessary public service, especially during New York’s ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the increased ambulance traffic can also lead to more accidents involving these important emergency vehicles.
While ambulances are allowed to violate traffic laws when responding to a medical emergency, they must do so in a prudent manner. For example, before running a red light, an ambulance driver should slow down and look both ways. Failure to do so is a violation of this obligation, and could make the driver and their employer liable for any injuries resulting from their actions.
Additionally, it is important to remember that lawsuits against the municipality of New York must be filed within 90 days of the incident in question.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with an emergency vehicle, Finz & Finz, P.C., may be able to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and to discuss your case with one of our experienced New York ambulance attorneys.