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Emergency Vehicle Crashes

December 2, 2011

New York negligence laws and statutes that govern motor vehicles differentiate between regular cars, etc. that are being operated by common folk and commercial businesses, and emergency vehicles such as police cars and fire trucks. The so-called usual lawsuit rules do not apply when representing a client injured in a crash involving fire pumper and rescue apparatus, ambulances and other emergency vehicles. It is essential that your lawyer knows how to handle these special claims, so that all available avenues are pursued to hold responsible all who are at fault in accord with New York law.

It is obvious that emergency vehicles are uniquely constructed and operated. We are guessing, for example, that your driving experience does not entail the use of flashing lights or sirens and special audible devices. Emergency vehicles typically have exterior reflective materials (fluorescent, phosphorescent or retroreflective), and that factor alone can change a driver’s perception. Similar safety issues arise with the actual color of a fire vehicle. Common crash scenarios include police chases, innocent bystanders, parked emergency vehicles, highway hazards and injuries to EMTs. When significant injuries are involved, it is good practice to consider the involvement of an expert accident reconstruction analysis.

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