With more than 48,000 ground ambulances throughout the United States employing more than 84,000 emergency medical service personnel, such services are clearly important. Although ambulances are there to provide emergency medical services as quickly as possible, such urgency is often what leads to hundreds of ambulance crashes each and every year.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2009, there were an estimated 3,000 ambulance accidents reported. Accidents often included ambulances that were in-use and not in-use. About one-third of these collisions led to serious personal injuries.
In Texas the Department of Transportation notes that there were more than 300 ambulance accidents reported throughout the state with 50 leading to serious injuries. Many other states such as Arkansas and Texas though do not have such information available.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ambulance crash caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Causes of Ambulance Accidents
Although there are many different types of vehicles used for emergency medical transport, ambulances are typically based on the framework of a pick-up truck or van. Similar to 18-passenger style vans, these vehicles often have a higher center of gravity making it a bit more difficult to maneuver. One of the many causes of ambulance accidents is driver inexperience.
Other common causes of ambulance crashes include:
- Failure to Yield
- Misuse of Emergency Sirens or Lights
- Driver Fatigue
- Failure to Use Visible or Audible Warnings
- Distracted Driving
Drivers who fail to see oncoming ambulances can also lead to collisions as ambulances are often speeding through intersections and cannot slow down or stop for drivers fail to obey the rules of the road.
Since 2003 Move Over Laws were implemented in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma to protect law enforcement officials and emergency medical service workers. These laws mandate that any person operating a motor vehicle approaching an emergency vehicle with lights displayed should move over to the adjacent lane if possible. If a motorist is unable to switch lanes they should slow down their speed to one that is safe, and legal, and proceed with caution.
Motorists who see an ambulance approaching from behind should move their vehicle to the right as safely as possible and allow the emergency vehicle to pass. However, if passing an intersection with a green light the driver should not simply stop in the middle of the roadway, they should again slow down, move to the right, and permit the ambulance to pass.
Contact our Ambulance Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ambulance accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys can help you determine what your legal rights are and provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific claim.
With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are dedicated to helping personal injury victims fight for their right to fair and just compensation. Our attorneys can also help to guide you or your loved ones through the legal process.
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