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Who is Responsible for an Ambulance Accident?

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Ambulances rush to accident scenes and transport the wounded to the hospital. But what happens when the ambulance needs an ambulance? Statistically, it’s inevitable that an ambulance out on the road will get into an accident, but when it happens, issues can arise regarding fault and liability.

Woman Killed, Two Injured in Crash with an Ambulance near Lebanon

A 41-year-old woman was killed when an ambulance collided with pickup truck Saturday night, June 6, 2020. Police say that the accident happened when an ambulance tried to pass a truck that was making a left turn onto Elk Road off of US 68 near Lebonan.

The collision killed a passenger in the pickup truck and severely injured the driver of the pickup who was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandelier Hosptial. An infant was taken to Springcview Hospital and is expected to fully recover.

Ambulance Accident Liability

By law, an ambulance has the right to run red lights and take some risks that a typical motorist can’t take, but the law also requires the ambulance driver to operate their vehicle in a manner that is safe for those around them. In other words, an ambulance driver can run a red light but must do so only when it’s reasonably safe to do so.

This might seem like a contradiction, but ambulance drivers are trained to break the rules—like running a red light or passing another vehicle on the right—but only when it’s safe to do so. This means that when it’s not, the driver must use restraint.

If an accident happens when an ambulance driver takes an unnecessary risk and an accident ensues, then the ambulance driver is liable for any injuries and damages.

Who Pays for Ambulance Driver’s Negligence?

Many times an ambulance driver is taking someone to the hospital who has been injured by another driver’s negligence. Then if the ambulance driver is negligent, it can complicate things in a hurry. A victim of one accident can be further victimized by the ambulance driver in the second accident.

While this might seem like it means that the victim has plenty of people responsible for their injuries and thus plenty of compensation coverage, what will likely happen is that each insurance company will try to blame the other leaving the victim holding the bag.

If this has happened to you, talk to one of our attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, to make sure you aren’t left holding the financial bag at the end.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.

The attorneys at Kaufman &  Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.

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