If you’re riding in an ambulance, chances are you’re already having a bad day. Unfortunately, it can get worse. Although ambulances are emergency response tools, they are also considered commercial vehicles and are prone to accidents just like any other car or truck on the road.
How Do Ambulance Accidents Happen?
While rushing to the hospital, ambulances violate countless traffic rules. Although other drivers, pedestrians, and bicycles are required to yield the right of way when an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, they do not always do so.
Even though they are in a rush and operating under urgent conditions, ambulance operators still owe a duty of care to those around and inside of their vehicles. They must adjust their speed and behavior to the conditions that surround them and constantly anticipate hazards. Many accidents happen while an ambulance is heading through an intersection at a red light or when an ambulance driver fails to anticipate impaired drivers.
What Are the Consequences of an Ambulance Accident?
When they happen, ambulance crashes are often devastating and can harm EMTs, patients, and outside parties. Injuries can be catastrophic and even lead to wrongful death claims.
If you are injured in or lose a loved one to an ambulance accident, don’t suffer in silence. Relief may be available from third-party drivers, the ambulance driver, the company that operates the ambulance, and even the manufacturer of the machine itself.
Put the Womac on those involved to get the highest compensation possible.
How Can Compensation Help?
While a financial award cannot bring your loved one back or undo your injuries, being awarded damages can help you handle:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative treatment
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and other loses.
Find out what you’re entitled to today by calling us 24/7 at (504) 470-3935 and scheduling a free consultation.