Rochester, New York, Car Accidents Caused By Failing To Yield The Right-Of-Way To Emergency Vehicles

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Failing to Yield the Right-Of-Way to Emergency VehiclesWhen the Rochester police are called to investigate a crime or Rochester firefighters receive a report of a burning building, time is often of the essence. New York law allows certain emergency vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances, to exceed posted speed limits and disregard ordinary traffic regulations whenever they turn on their sirens and colored flashing lights. Since emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights have the right-of-way in traffic, other motorists have a legal obligation to move over and make space for first responders. When people fail to yield to police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances, they create a serious safety hazard, endangering not only themselves but everyone around them. A driver who refuses to cede the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle could cause a catastrophic accident.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. believes that nobody should ever have to pay the price for another person’s poor decision. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a Rochester car accident caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle, you could be entitled to significant compensation. However, filing and fighting a personal injury lawsuit could present unexpected challenges, especially if the other motorist claims that your own negligence caused or contributed to the accident.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., is a recognized Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer of America who is committed to advocating for Rochester accident victims’ rights. A renowned litigator, Jed Dietrich, Esq., knows how to create a compelling, evidence-based case for compensation. Since establishing the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005, Jed Dietrich, Esq., has helped his clients secure more than $175 million in damages—money that accident victims have used to pay off their medical bills, seek high-quality health care, and reclaim their independence.

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Emergency Vehicle Right-Of-Way Laws in New York

Failing to Yield the Right-Of-Way to Emergency VehiclesNew York law requires that motorists yield the right-of-way to any emergency vehicle which is equipped with and using a lighted red lamp; a series of flashing lights; or an audible signal, such as a siren, exhaust whistle, or air horn. In the Empire State, an emergency vehicle could be a police department vehicle, a fire department vehicle, a volunteer firefighting service vehicle, an ambulance service vehicle, a volunteer ambulance service vehicle, an environmental response vehicle, an ordinance disposal vehicle, or a blood delivery vehicle.

Under Section 1144 of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, drivers must not only yield the right-of-way to an approaching emergency vehicle but:

  1. Navigate their vehicle to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge of the roadway;
  2. Stop and remain stationary until the emergency vehicle has passed unless otherwise indicated by a police officer; and
  3. Proceed with caution only once it is safe to do so.

Emergency vehicles do not only have the right-of-way when they are moving. New York’s Move Over Law also obliges drivers to exercise increased caution if they see first responders, construction workers, and hazard vehicles equipped with flashing lights, vests, or reflectors. The New York State Police Department explains that the Move Over Law is intended to protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow truck operators, service vehicle operators, and maintenance workers from being injured on the job. Section 1144-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law requires that drivers use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays any combination of red, white, or blue emergency lighting; flashing amber lighting; or blue or green lighting.

In general, motorists must reduce their speed and move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard unless they are prevented from doing so by traffic or another dangerous condition. While any failure to abide by New York’s traffic law could result in a moving violation or misdemeanor offense, negligent motorists could also cause accidents—potentially injuring first responders or other drivers. Since failure to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicle accidents often involve significant speed differentials, the resulting injuries could be severe.



Common Causes of Failure to Yield the Right-Of-Way to Emergency Vehicles Car Accidents

The Insurance Information Institute has found that the failure to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles is responsible for a significant number of fatal motor vehicle crashes. In one recent year, an estimated 3,663 Americans were killed by motorists who refused to cede the right-of-way, accounting for nearly seven percent of traffic-related fatalities nationwide. While failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle car accidents have a variety of potential causes, they are often caused by:

  1. Distracted Driving: Experts estimate that texting or talking on the phone while driving could be up to six times more dangerous than intoxicated driving.
  2. Intoxicated Motorists: Drunk drivers could suffer from impaired vision, decreased reaction times, and substandard cognitive function, making it more difficult for them to recognize and respond to emergency vehicles.
  3. Inexperience: New drivers may struggle to navigate unexpected obstacles, including incoming emergency vehicles.
  4. Vehicular Malfunction: Drivers have a legal duty to ensure that their vehicles are in a reasonably safe condition. If the owner of a car or motorcycle does not repair a broken tail light, faulty brakes, or other outstanding mechanical problem, they might not be able to steer safely out of the way of an emergency vehicle or other traffic.

Contact a top rated Rochester car accident lawyer immediately if you have been injured in a serious failure-to-yield car accident that was not your fault. Jed Dietrich, Esq., has spent more than 20 years standing up for the rights of accident victims across Rochester, Monroe County, and Western New York. Contacting the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is easy, fast, and free: simply send us a message online or call us at (585) 939-3939 to schedule your no-charge consultation as soon as possible.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (585) 939-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Rochester, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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