Despite the warning provided by lights and sirens when responding to a fire, crime or other emergency, first responders sometimes cause car accidents when traveling at a high rate of speed. Based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, more people die in high-speed police chases each year than floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning combined. Ambulances alone account for approximately 6,5000 collisions per year according to the NHTSA. Approximately 35 percent of these crashes cause death or injury to at least one person. If you have been injured in a collision with an emergency vehicle, an experienced New York attorney can evaluate your situation and explain your legal rights.