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Emergency Vehicle Accidents Lawyer in Manhattan

Emergency Vehicle Accidents are accidents in which people are injured physically and/or emotionally by or in emergency vehicles – including ambulances, fire engines, and police cars –  and whose motor vehicles suffer damage as well. The personal injury laws relating to emergency vehicle accidents help determine which individuals were at fault for the incident, which individuals need to pay for medical treatment, and which individuals need to pay for vehicle repairs.  

Types of Injuries  

Emergency Vehicle Accidents can cause numerous types of injuries, commonly including:  

Head and Back Injuries 

These are the most serious of all car accident injuries due to their traumatic and long-term effects.  

Victims of accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) hit their head against various parts of the car – ranging from the driving wheel to windows to the dashboard – can suffer major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include comas, concussions, fractures, hearing and/or vision loss, and varying degrees of brain injuries.  

Back injuries can be suffered wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injures their back against various parts of the car and can suffer from spinal cord damage, reduced sensation in various body parts, varying degrees of paralysis, and a herniated disk.    

Neck and Chest Injuries 

Victims of accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) lose control of their head and/or neck due to the impact and suffer major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include whiplash (most common), swelling, and even temporary vocal cord paralysis. 

Chest injuries can be suffered wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injures their chest area as a result of blunt force trauma; such trauma can lead to broken bones, collapsed lung(s), cardiac arrest, internal bleeding, and organ damage.  

Arms, Legs, Hands, and Feet Injuries

Victims of accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injure their arms, legs, hands, and/or feet due to the impact can suffer major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include broken bones, severed limbs, ligament damage, scarring, emotional distress, and other psychological damage. 

Common Emergency Car Accidents and Important Distinctions  

Car accidents are commonly caused by negligence and are thus subject to negligence personal injury laws. Because the operation of motor vehicles comes with the duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances,” getting into a car accident due to a lack of reasonable care is deemed negligent. When it comes to emergency vehicle accidents, however, several special distinctions and caveats involved complicate the situation.  

Special Privileges 

New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104 covers the conduct of authorized emergency vehicles. New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104 states that authorized emergency vehicle drivers can exercise certain privileges while actively being involved in an emergency operation that “normal” drivers do not have. These privileges include: 

  • Stopping, standing, and/or parking without regard to traffic laws.
  • Proceeding past a steady or flashing red signal and/or stop sign – but only after slowing down as deemed necessary for safe operation
  • Exceeding past the maximum speed limit – but only as long as the driver does not endanger life and/or property, nor disregard the official regulations that govern movement and/or turning in specified directions.
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KI Legal's Case Results

  • Rear-End Car Accident

    Successfully represented a driver whose car was struck in the rear by a vehicle that was following too closely in Queens, New York. The driver suffered serious personal injuries requiring multiple surgeries.

  • Minor Child Car Accident

    Successfully represented a minor passenger child of a car accident crash in Brooklyn, New York who suffered severe back and neck injuries due to a crash caused by a drunk driver that struck the car the minor child was traveling in.

  • Truck Multi-Car Collision

    Successfully sued a trucking company that owned a truck involved in a multiple-car collision. Injuries involved the back and head.

  • NYC Negligence

    Successfully represented a client who got into a motor vehicle accident on a street where work was being performed, resulting in serious injuries. We were able to secure a $250,000 settlement after extensive discovery and depositions.

  • Meatpacking NYC Motor Vehicle Accident

    Successfully represented a client who got into a motor vehicle accident in the Meatpacking District with a commercial van. Due to the driver’s negligence, we were able to secure a $150,000 settlement after depositions.

  • Side Door Car Collision

    Successfully sued a railroad company that owned a truck involved in a side door car collision. Injuries involved the hand and head.

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