Emergency vehicles are meant to help protect us and to rescue us from harm. Sometimes, however, the very emergency vehicles that serve to help protect us cause dangerous accidents, and these accidents can be especially severe and difficult to process. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by an emergency vehicle in New Port Richey, Florida, you need experienced legal counsel.
The Nature of Emergency Vehicles
Emergency vehicles must respond as quickly as possible to every emergency to which they’re called. We’ve all seen ambulances weaving in and out of traffic at top speed and blasting through red lights at crowded intersections. In fact, it’s a wonder that they’re not involved in more accidents. Emergency vehicle accidents, however, do happen – and they’re often extremely serious accidents due to speed and size of emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances.
If you’ve been injured by one of the very emergency vehicles that you need to transfer you to safety and medical care, you’ve had a very traumatic experience, and you need a skilled car accident attorney who has significant knowledge how to manage these often-complicated claims. The dedicated legal team at Dolman Law Group in New Port Richey, Florida, understands just how devastating these accidents can be, and we’re here to help. Our skilled car accident lawyers have the experience, knowledge, and determination to advocate aggressively for your rights and your rightful compensation.
Rules of the Road
Ambulance and other emergency vehicle drivers are allowed special rules of the road necessary to accomplish the important goal of getting to and transporting injured and urgently ill people to necessary emergency care. This does not mean that they can eschew driving safely. In fact, the State of Florida has specific safety provisions for authorized emergency vehicles like ambulances inlcuding:
- An emergency vehicle may proceed past a red light, past a stop signal, or past a stop sign, but it may do so only after the vehicle has appropriately slowed to allow for safe operation in the circumstances.
- Drivers of emergency vehicles may exceed maximum posted speed limits, but these drivers may do so only to the extent that they don’t endanger life or property.
- Drivers of emergency vehicles may disregard directions that govern the movement of traffic or that govern the turning of vehicles, but these drivers may do so only to the extent that it doesn’t endanger life or property.
In other words, it’s critical that drivers operate emergency vehicles safely – without endangering life or property of others.
Evidence of Negligence
Because many emergency vehicles are large and often travel at accelerated speeds, the damage they incur in accidents can be extreme. If you’ve been injured in an emergency vehicle accident, you need to concentrate on the important work of your own physical and emotional recovery and to allow your experienced car accident attorney to navigate your claim toward the best possible outcome. An important element of this process is collecting evidence at the scene of the accident. Your dedicated lawyer will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the evidence that supports your claim, such as:
- Footage from the stoplight camera
- Footage from the ambulance camera
- Eyewitness testimonies
- Photos and videos taken at the scene that depicts all damage to both vehicles and that include every available detail
This evidence will help tell the story of how the accident happened and pinpoint the emergency vehicle driver’s negligence. For example, if the driver failed to slow down appropriately when entering the intersection or if the driver was speeding excessively and unnecessarily, he or she may be found liable for your injuries.
The Insurance Company
If you’ve been injured in an emergency vehicle accident, you are probably in no condition to fight back. Isn’t that what car insurance is for, after all? While this is theoretically true, it’s important to recognize that insurance companies are in business to turn a profit. Though insurance companies are held to industry and federal standards of fair practices, they often aren’t above implementing whatever tactics they can get away with to minimize settlements and delay or deny claims.
If you’ve been injured, the insurance route may seem like the easiest path forward, but this path typically isn’t in your best interest. It’s important for you to take all the time you need to recover from your injuries while your attorney fights for your claim’s best possible resolution.
Emergency vehicle accidents are often quite dangerous, and as such often elicit serious injuries that can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain caused by the kind of blunt force common to vehicular accidents. Any injury to the brain is concerning, and a TBI can result in immense like-altering physical, financial, and emotional damage.
Spinal cord injuries are injuries to the spinal discs, to the vertebrae, or to the spinal cord itself, and they are commonly caused by the impact of car accidents. Spinal cord injuries are often extremely painful, physically debilitating, and slow to heal—if ever.
The extreme impact of an emergency vehicle accident often results in broken bones. Broken bones are exceedingly painful, and they can lead to serious complications and disabilities when they fail to heal properly.
Each of these injuries is serious, and the associated physical, financial, and emotional damages should never be discounted.
If You’ve Been Injured in an Emergency Vehicle Accident, Dolman Law Group in New Port Richey Is Here to Help
Emergency vehicle accidents are very upsetting, but you are not alone. The dedicated car accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group care about your claim, and we’re here to help. Our experienced legal team has the knowledge, commitment, and skill to fight for the best possible outcome for you, so please contact or call us at 727-853-6275 today.
Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652