Emergency Vehicle Accidents

Emergency Vehicle Accident Attorneys in New York City

Accidents between Cars and Emergency Vehicles

Emergency vehicle accidents – accidents between a motor vehicle and an ambulance, fire engine, police car or other type of emergency vehicle – can result in serious personal injury or even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in an accident of this type, you may be entitled to financial compensation. However, you need a talented attorney on your side in order to make sure that your best interests are served and your rights are protected. Proner & Proner features a team of experienced emergency vehicle accident attorneys. Based in Manhattan, we serve clients throughout New York. Enlist our team’s services today to secure the exceptional legal counsel you need.

Common Causes of NYC Accidents between Cars and Emergency Vehicles

The factors behind many of the accidents between cars and emergency vehicles overlap with many of the common causes of motor vehicle accidents. For example, motorist or emergency vehicle driver error (e.g., inattention, sleepiness, overly aggressive driving and failure to obey traffic signals), road or weather hazards (e.g., road obstructions, slick roads and poor visibility) and faulty traffic flow devices (e.g., unclear road signs and defective traffic lights) can lead to accidents. Another common cause is the failure of motorists to yield to oncoming emergency vehicles.

If you have been injured in an accident with an emergency vehicle, contact Proner & Proner to schedule a consultation with one of our New York emergency vehicle accident attorneys. We represent clients in Manhattan and throughout the state.

Proving Liability in a Case Involving a NY Car-Emergency Vehicle Accident

Proving liability in cases involving an accident between a car and an emergency vehicle can be complicated. While motorists are required to yield to oncoming emergency vehicles (if those vehicles announce their approach with their sirens), motorists’ failure to yield does not guarantee they will be held responsible for an accident. Rather, the circumstances surrounding the accident will largely determine liability. For example, if the driver of an emergency vehicle fails to give sufficient warning of the vehicle’s approach and an accident results, the emergency vehicle driver could be held liable. Alternatively, if a car and an emergency vehicle collide due to defective traffic flow monitoring devices, the city (or the party responsible for maintaining those devices) can be held liable. Finally, the law does not condone over-aggressive driving by emergency vehicle drivers. Although these drivers are authorized to drive assertively and to exceed the speed limit in certain circumstances, they must remain within certain parameters. When emergency vehicle drivers fail to stay within these parameters and an accident or injury ensues, the emergency vehicle driver can be held liable.

Requirements for New York Emergency Vehicle Drivers

An emergency vehicle driver’s failure to adhere to certain guidelines could impact their defense against a motor vehicle accident lawsuit. In many states, the law requires that emergency vehicle drivers:

  • Carry an appropriate driver’s license
  • Undergo drug and alcohol testing
  • Have proper training
  • Understand relevant vehicle codes and state laws pertaining to emergency vehicles
  • Implement standard vehicle operation procedures
  • Utilize appropriate warning devices
  • Adhere to certain speed limitations
  • Maintain adequate vehicle insurance

Experienced New York Car Accident Attorneys

Proner & Proner’s car accident attorneys have years of combined experience representing emergency vehicle accident victims in New York. We are well-versed in the laws impinging on such cases – including motor vehicle, personal injury and product liability laws – and we aim to utilize these laws to our clients’ greatest benefit. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a police car, ambulance or other emergency vehicle, entrust your case to our team of professionals. Our emergency vehicle accident attorneys in Manhattan will work diligently to hold the appropriate parties responsible and obtain any compensation to which you are entitled.

Additional Car Accident Services in New York

In addition to accidents involving cars and emergency vehicles, Proner & Proner also handles motor vehicle accident cases including single and multiple-vehicle accidents; motorcycle accidents; commercial vehicle accidents, including bus, trucking and train accidents; accidents between trains and motor vehicles; and auto recalls.

Contact Our NYC Emergency Vehicle Accident Attorneys

Contact Proner & Proner today if you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in an accident with an emergency vehicle. Our attorneys, based in Manhattan, New York, serve clients throughout the area. We will provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to obtaining compensation for your injuries.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.