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NYC ambulance accidents3 people suffered personal injury in an ambulance accident in New York City. The accident occurred Tuesday morning around 7:30 a.m. on East Fordham Road at Elm Place. The FDNY ambulance careened into an optical store after it collided with a car. The ambulance was on its way to a call. Two FDNY workers who were in the ambulance as well as one of the car occupants were injured and rushed to the hospital. Thankfully there were no pedestrians on the sidewalk or in the store which was closed.

Ambulance accidents are unfortunately occurring too often in New York City. Despite having special exemption from stopping at red-lights and stop signs as well as from speed limits ambulance drivers still have to be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and other motor vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists are especially vulnerable to being run down by speeding ambulances. When such accidents occur, it is not always easy for the victims or their family to get proper compensation for their injuries or the loss of a loved one because of what is known as the “emergency doctrine” pursuant to which emergency responders involved in accidents  on emergency calls can’t be held responsible unless they drove with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Almost 100 ambulance accidents every month in NYC

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To prevent traffic crashes, the New York Fire Department is considering adding a safety device under the seat of the ambulance driver to analyze in real time the speed, g-force, seat belt use, lights, sirens and other factors. When the driver becomes too aggressive by driving too fast or taking turns too hard the device emits a sound to alert him.

This device is already used by the emergency medical services at Jersey City Medical Center and drivers said they really like it because it helps them to make an appropriate decision in terms of response time while keeping the safety of the crew and other people on the road in mind.

In the US, there are 10,000 ambulance accidents every year.