Emergency response crews face dangers on the roadside and while traveling at high speeds through cities or on the highway. In a tragic accident, a New York ambulance veered off the road killing one of the EMT crew members. Immediately after the accident, 2 crew members were transported to the nearby hospital but the third crew member was pronounced dead at the scene.
The New York State Police are investigating the fatal accident to determine the cause of the collision and to identify responsible individuals and entities. According to reports, the ambulance left the roadway on Route 190 around 12:20 Tuesday morning. The ambulance had responded to aid the local fire department and was helping to transport a patient to the hospital at the time of the accident.
After the collision, the original patient in the ambulance was reported in stable condition. Both crew members were in serious condition, one with a significant head injury. All of the victims in this case may be able to pursue negligence claims against the ambulance company if the driver was negligent. In addition to personal injury claims, the EMT employees may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
When an ambulance or commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, it is important that an immediate and thorough investigation be performed on behalf of the victim. An independent advocate can ensure that evidence is preserved and that your rights are protected. After an accident, victims and their families may be entitled to significant compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, long-term care needs, medical bills, and other losses incurred as a result of the accident.
Source: Associated Press, "Ambulance driver dies in crash on northern NY road," Nov. 27, 2012