Four People Injured In Crash With Cornwall Ambulance That Went Through Intersection With No Sirens
NEW WINDSOR, NEW YORK (January 21, 2018) – Four people were injured in a car accident with a Cornwall Ambulance that was traveling to the Orange Regional Medical Center by the intersection at Route 32 and Route 94.
New Windsor authorities are saying that the Cornwall ambulance involved in the accident had its lights on but no sirens at the time of the collision.
The car carrying four people was already in the intersection when it was hit by the ambulance.
The four people that were injured in the ambulance accident were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in order to receive treatment.
LIABILITY IN ACCIDENTS WITH EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND AMBULANCES
Generally speaking, emergency vehicles have a large amount of immunity from liability when they are driving to an emergency with their lights and sirens on. However, ambulance drivers still must exercise due care in driving in emergency situations. Ambulance drivers may not show a reckless disregard for the safety of others by driving in an excessively dangerous manner. Moreover, an ambulance driver is required to have its lights and sirens on when going through a red light. In Abood v. Hosp. Ambulance Servs, the New York court of Appeals held that under 1104 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, an ambulance must utilize emergency sirens when going through a red light at a traffic controlled intersection in order to warn other drivers. Any person that is injured in a car accident with an ambulance that didn’t have its sirens on while going through an intersection may be able to file a claim for damages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the ambulance accident that injured four people in New Windsor. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this accident as they continue to recover from their injuries. There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident and why the ambulance driver did not have their sirens on. Measures need to be put in place to make sure that this does not happen again.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in an accident with an ambulance, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.