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Ambulance driver cited for traffic violations in fatal accident

People in New York City typically think of ambulance drivers as lifesavers, not as people who cause deaths. When transporting patients, however, emergency responders are just as prone to accidents as other motorists. Since ambulance drivers often have to have to drive faster than the posted limits and move in and out of traffic in order to get from the scene of an incident back to the hospital to save a patient's life, they can be dangerous to the other drivers on the road if they are not paying close attention to the other vehicles around them.

An ambulance driver was charged with several traffic violations, including failing to stop at a stop sign, careless driving and speeding, following a fatal accident. According to reports, the man was driving with a patient on board, but did not have the lights or siren activated because it was not an emergency transport, when he rear-ended an SUV. The unborn child of the pregnant SUV driver died as a result of the collision.

The driver was not charged with any criminal counts, but did receive an order for a 6-month driver's license suspension as a result of the traffic violations. Without a valid driver's license, it is unknown whether or not the man will lose his job. He will also have to pay a $1000 fine. 

While some traffic violations may seem minor, their consequences can have lasting effects. That is why it can be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney if you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense or have been cited for a less serious violation. An attorney can address any questions or concerns you may have, as well as ensure that you fully understand all of your options.

Source: Wink News Now, "Ambulance driver's license suspended after unborn baby dies," July 25, 2013

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