Trial Date Set for Victim Hit by AMR Ambulance - @ JEMS.com


Trial Date Set for Victim Hit by AMR Ambulance


 
 

Terry O Reilly | | Tuesday, April 8, 2008


ALAMEDA, Calif. -- April is set for the trial date of Louis Del Barba vs. American Medical Response, Inc., in Superior Court, County of Alameda (Calif.), for damages when an ambulance driven by the defendant hit a car driven by Mr. Del Barba. According to police reports, the ambulance was traveling about 70 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone during rush hour traffic. Mr. Del Barba had the right of way when he entered the intersection of Rose Avenue and Main Street. The ensuing crash caused catastrophic injuries to Mr. Del Barba, resulting in quadriplegia and brain damage. The plaintiff was wearing a shoulder and lap belt at the time of the crash (see also Terry O'Reilly).

AMR, a national company, which also owns and operates thousands of school buses, has a history of very serious accidents. Allowing poorly-trained drivers to far exceed speed limits in city traffic endangers all drivers, AMR officials admit.

Terry O'Reilly, attorney for Mr. Del Barba, noted that the ambulance was going far in excess of the speed allowed. "American Medical Response guidelines state that its ambulances can go 10 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit but Vehicle Code regulations clearly state that an ambulance has the duty of due care to ensure it does not cause an accident on the way to a response. This driver launched himself into a blind intersection without the slightest care for anyone who might be in it."

Witnesses say that the ambulance was driving so fast that no one in the intersection saw or heard any warning until the ambulance slammed into Mr. Del Barba.

The Del Barba family has farmed in Oakley since 1935 and are well-known and popular members of this community in the Sacramento Delta. The community is stunned at Mr. Del Barba's injury.

It will take more than $20,000,000 to care for Mr. Del Barba for his predicted lifespan.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Legal and Ethical

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

California Firefighters save Man on Flight

Patient was conscious and talking when United flight landed.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Over Half of Seattle Fire Stations Test Positive for MRSA

Surprisingly high results come from test kits based on earlier study.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

AMR Crew Rescues Mississippi Driver from Fiery Crash

Rescue during crash in Jackson is caught on video.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Tempe’s Drug Dilemma

Dealing with overdoses.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On February 2015

Here’s a look at this month’s product hands on.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Nightwatch Series Premiere Party

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman attends the series premiere of A&E's new reality show, "Nightwatch."
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Chemical Investigation

Chemicals and suspicious package are probed at two locations
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >