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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 in the Bronx or anywhere else in NY, 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 that your rights are protected.
Proner & Proner features a team of experienced emergency vehicle accident attorneys. Based in Manhattan, we serve clients throughout New York, including NYC, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, NY. Enlist our team’s services today to secure the exceptional legal counsel you need.
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, or failure to obey traffic signals), road or weather hazards (e.g., road obstructions, slick roads, or poor visibility) and faulty traffic flow devices (e.g., unclear road signs or defective traffic lights) can lead to auto 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 Bronx emergency vehicle accident attorneys. We represent clients in New York City and throughout NY’s five boroughs.
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 sirens), a motorist’s failure to yield does not guarantee that 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 occurs, the emergency vehicle driver can be held liable.
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:
Proner & Proner’s car accident attorneys have years of combined experience representing emergency vehicle accident victims in the Bronx, 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.
In addition to accidents involving cars and emergency vehicles, Proner & Proner also handles other motor vehicle accident cases, including single and multiple-vehicle accidents; motorcycle accidents; commercial vehicle accidents, including train accidents; accidents between trains and motor vehicles; and auto recalls.
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 New York City, serve clients throughout the area. We will provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
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
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
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: 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: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.