This week, we covered the story of a Fullerton motor vehicle accident which involved a collision between a passenger vehicle and an ambulance at the intersection of Brea Boulevard and Bastanchury Road. The ambulance, which was transporting a patient at the time of the accident, did not have on its siren or lights when the crash occurred.
Sadly, serious accidents involving emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire trucks, and police cruisers are somewhat common in California and across the country. Emergency drivers who rush to the scene of an accident or to a hospital can lose control, crash, or zoom through intersections — all while legally setting aside the rules of the road. At the same time, other vehicles on the road may not know how to properly respond when an emergency vehicle uses its lights and siren.
The following are statistics from the United States Department of Transportation regarding fatal traffic accidents and emergency vehicles in 2009:
If you have been injured in a California traffic accident involving an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance, fire truck, or police cruiser, it is imperative that you understand how the accident occurred and who was at fault. Simply because a vehicle was responding to an accident or rushing to the hospital does not mean negligence was not a factor. Speak with an Orange County personal injury attorney today to learn more about your case. Call Russell & Lazarus at (949) 851-0222.