The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles confirms that nearly 2 people are injured every day in accidents involving emergency vehicles. The very people entrusted to help save lives are causing serious personal injury and sometimes death every day on our streets, often due to speeding and reckless driving.
The NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law states that emergency operators can exceed the maximum speed limit so long as it does not endanger life or property, and can proceed past a steady red signal or stop sign only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operations. Unfortunately, many emergency vehicle drivers fail to follow the law and innocent people are hurt as a result.
The emergency vehicle accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have the experience necessary to handle these complex claims. All accidents require a thorough investigation to establish the facts, but accidents involving emergency vehicles require a more in-depth investigation to determine the nature of the call and to confirm if the policy and standard operating procedure for emergency vehicle operators was followed. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been injured as a result of an emergency operator failing to adhere to the rules established in the VTL you should call the emergency vehicle accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC immediately. Our consultation is free and there is no fee for our assistance unless we win your case.
New York Emergency Vehicle Accident FAQs
How long do I have to bring a claim?
The statute of limitations (or time in which a claim must be brought from the date of the accident) is 3 years for a personal injury claim. If a claim is being brought for wrongful death the claim must be brought within 2 years from the date of death. If the claim is being brought against a municipality the time to bring a claim is significantly shorter depending on who the claim is against so you should consult with an attorney immediately.
Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee which states that if you don’t win your case we don’t get paid.
How much is my case worth?
If any attorney tells you that they know how much your case is worth before reviewing all of the documentation then they are lying or incompetent. However, our legal team has decades of experience and will maximize the value of your case.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Every case is different but our legal team utilizes the most advanced technology and aggressive legal strategy to expedite our client’s cases, generally resolving cases years faster than any other firm.
How will my medical bills get paid?
Whether you were the driver or passenger in the car your medical bills will be paid for by the insurance company for the car that you were in. However, you must file a No Fault application with the insurance company within 30 days from the date of the accident, if you fail to do so you have waived your right to file the claim for benefits.
Does No Fault pay for anything else?
No Fault will also pay for lost wages, prescription costs, transportation to medical providers, and reasonable expenses for household services.
What is the legal definition of a serious injury?
A serious injury has been defined as death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; fracture; loss of a fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function, or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body function or system; or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety days during the one hundred eighty days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
How will I know if my injuries will be considered serious?
Many of the injuries sustained in emergency vehicle accident cases become progressively worse with time so it is difficult to determine shortly after the accident. However the emergency vehicle accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC recommend that you retain an attorney immediately so that all filings are completed to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
How can I get my car fixed?
If you have collision coverage we would recommend that you contact your insurance company and submit a claim under your policy. If you don’t have collision coverage you will have to file a 3rd party claim with the other driver’s insurance company. However, a 3rd party claim can take significantly longer to resolve and the insurance company will try to twist your words against you so we recommend that you contact a legal professional before contacting the insurance company directly.