Emergency Vehicle Accidents
Driving in Florida, whether in the big city, on the interstate or along a country road, at times can be challenging. When you add high-speed emergency vehicles into the mix, driving can become dangerous. Although emergency vehicles play an essential role in keeping us and our communities safe, they can also create a driving hazard – and sometimes even cause accidents.
Emergency vehicle accidents can include:
- Police car accidents
- Ambulance accidents
- Fire truck accidents
Granted, emergency vehicles come equipped with sirens and lights to help ensure you are able to see them and move out of their way, but often times this is not always the case. And although emergency vehicles do have the right to break certain traffic laws in order to be able to quickly respond to an emergency situation, they are still required to exercise a reasonable amount of caution and common sense to ensure they do not hit other vehicles or pedestrians.
Every year hundreds of injuries and deaths occur as a result of emergency vehicle accidents. In the majority of incidents, the accident would have been preventable had the emergency vehicle driver followed proper safety procedures.
Common examples of emergency vehicle driver negligence causing injury include:
- Driving through intersections without lights or sirens
- Driving through red lights without slowing properly or yielding to traffic
Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one is a victim of an emergency vehicle accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, law suits involving emergency vehicles tend to be complex as they usually require filing a suit against a governmental institution, such as the city or state. Because of this complexity, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced emergency vehicle accident attorney familiar with navigating the intricacies of government agency rules and regulations.
Your emergency vehicle accident attorney will be able to investigate the facts of your case to determine liability. Key questions to be answered include:
- Was excessive speed used?
- Were lights and sirens used as required?
- Did the accident occur during a high-speed chase that should have been called off?
Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping Florida emergency vehicle accident victims receive justice and fair compensation for their injuries. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your emergency vehicle accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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