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Ambulance Accidents In New York

This last Friday evenng, an ambulance hit and seriously injured a pedestrian in midtown Manhattan according to the FDNY.

The FDNY EMS ambulance was responding to a 911 call with its lights and sirens on, when it hit the pedestrian at near 35th Street and Broadway at about 5:45 p.m., the FDNY said.

Ambulance crashes are unfortunately,  and not to make light of this tragic accident, expected to happen. There are hundreds  of ambulances on the road, responding to hundreds of medical calls, it’s very likely are even more collisions than we are aware of.

New York Ambulance Crash Recounts:

  • An ambulance carrying a patient crashed into two parked cars and flipped over in Brooklyn.Two workers also were in the ambulance when the smash-up occurred near Utica Avenue and Avenue N in East Flatbush. All three people were all taken to Kings County Hospital and  treated for their injuries. August 14, 2014
  • Motorcycle rider collides with ambulance in New York City at Lexington Ave. and E. 97th St. about 9:40 a.m. The motorcyclist, was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital, where he died. Friday, July 25, 2014

 Ambulance Slams Into Bike After Running A Red Light In Intersection In New York

  • Ambulance crashed in Flatlands – New York. A Flatlands appliance store owner rescued two emergency medical technicians and a patient from a private ambulance that flipped upside down in a dramatic accident. The Ambulance vehicle smashed into several parked cars, launching them onto the sidewalk, before flipping over on Utica Avenue near Avenue M. Aug. 14, 2014.
  • 16 kids were hurt in a bus-ambulance crash.Three people were reported  to be seriously hurt when an ambulance collided with a bus carrying 16 children in Brooklyn Sunday night. The two vehicles crashed into one another late evening Fort Hamilton Parkway and 51st Street in Borough Park. Firefighters report that the the wreck could have been weather-related. Two paramedics in the ambulance were seriously injured. One adult on the bus was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The children sustained minor injuries.  Feb 10, 2014.
  • Long Beach ambulance crashes on way to beach rescue of child. The accident occurred Sunday evening at Long Beach Road and East Beech Street. They say two medics in the ambulance and the driver of the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The ambulance struck a utility pole, causing a temporary power outage in the immediate vicinity of the crash. July 15, 2013.

Ambulance Crash Factors

Intersections are the biggest factors involving ambulance wrecks. Studies have shown that about 43% of the crashes occurred where two or more roads cross.

  • In 114 incidents, ambulances were hit by vehicles as they attempted to go through the intersection, although there were many ambulances that hit other vehicles. Ambulances try to travel against red lights leading to disastrous results.
  • The next largest factor in crashes is when ambulances lose control. Such events included ambulances that went off the road on straight-aways and drivers failing to negotiate corners. In many cases, excessive speed was also a contributing factor to loss of control resulting in a wreck. Over correcting of steering played a role in several of these kinds of crashes, according to the analysis.
  • Road conditions are a huge contributor to ambulances wrecks, with icy and snowy roads being the largest percentage of those and  hydroplaning and even wind also registering as factors.
  • Rear-end collisions, with either the ambulance striking another car stopped in traffic, or ambulances being rear-ended while responding or stopped in traffic contribute to ambulance related accidents.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, between 1992- 2011 (20 years), there were an annual estimated 4,500 motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an ambulance.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured due to an ambulance accident, contact Ajlouny Injury Law, New York Ambulance Accident Attorneys. Call (718) 233-3913 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today.

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