A New York City car accident involving an FDNY truck and a van resulted in one fatality and at least a dozen injuries. According to a Fox News report, the fatal injury crash occurred at the corner of Richmond Road and Burgher Avenue in Staten Island. The ladder truck from Engine 81 was responding to a car fire when it collided with the van, which was making a left turn at the intersection. Officials say the fire truck, which was responding to an emergency, had its lights and sirens on at the time. Authorities say at least one person was killed and several were injured. An investigation is ongoing.
New York Statute Article 26 Section 1144 requires drivers to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles that have their lights and sirens on. The law requires drivers to “yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.” This section, however, does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care for all persons using the highway.
In such cases it is important to look into which one of the drivers was at fault. The at-fault motorist can be held liable for the injuries and damages that result. If the person who is determined to have been responsible was on the job, his or her employer may also be held liable. If the at-fault party is a government employee, then, there are New York statutes of limitation that require the personal injury or wrongful death claim against the governmental agency to be filed promptly and within a specified time period.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York auto accident, the personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help. Our skilled injury lawyers will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected, and that you secure fair compensation for all your injuries, damages and losses. Call us today at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation.
Source: My Fox NY