Ambulance and other emergency response vehicles are the first ones on the scene to an emergency. Their quick response and turnaround save many lives. However, sometimes this urgency, can lead to ambulance accidents. Especially when going through intersections, maneuvering quickly through turns and through other road obstacles.
There are approximately 48,000 ground ambulances carrying medical service personnel across the nation. Typically these vehicles are built on a truck or van frame and carry thousands of pounds of medical equipment and typically 2-3 emergency responder personnel. The vehicles are pre-disposed to an already high center of gravity. These factors paired with the weight of medical equipment can spell disaster if an ambulance is involved in a crash.
Common Causes For Ambulance Crashes:
While it is difficult to quantify how many ambulance accidents happen per year, several organizations have studied crash data reported through the news and other means. One organization, EMS World, studied news reports of ambulance accidents. According to EMS World, some the most common causes for ambulance crashes include:
In the study conducted by EMS World, over 40 percent of reported ambulance crashes were at intersections. The majority of ambulance accidents at intersections were ambulances hit by other vehicles as the ambulance navigated through the intersection. Ambulances trying to travel through red lights and then struck by other vehicles was the most common accident in ambulances crashes. Typically other motorists failing to yield to the ambulance is the most common cause to an ambulance being struck.
Ambulances Losing Control
Examples of ambulance crashes that lost control include ambulances that went off the road or ambulance drivers careening off roadways when turning on corners or down narrow streets. In most of these accidents, there were contributing factors such as speeding and overcorrecting that the ambulance driver took that played a role in these accidents.
Other Types Of Collisions
Another cause of ambulance accidents is when the ambulance driver is at-fault colliding with or rear-ending another vehicle. This can happen either when responding to an emergency or while just stopped in traffic. Colliding with other emergency response vehicles is another cause of ambulance crashes. Other emergency response vehicles can include other ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in or by an ambulance accident, you or your loved one may be able to file a claim to cover your expenses. Many ambulance accident victims claims can recover compensation covering medical and disability expenses, lost wages, property damage, and medical expenses.
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