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A Traffic Accident with an Emergency Vehicle

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 20 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you’re unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, may have to consider whether you make a claim against the other driver. If you’re involved in an accident with a vehicle that happens to be an emergency vehicle, you may be concerned that you will have no right to claim if it was their fault.

However, emergency vehicles actually have no special rights when it comes to liability if they’re involved in an accident with another vehicle. If an emergency services vehicle hits your car and is at fault, then the same laws as all other road users govern them.

Considering the Role of an Emergency Vehicle

Most people assume that because an emergency vehicle is perhaps heading to an emergency situation that the thought of claiming against them is morally wrong - this isn’t the case. Even when speeding to help another individual, it is the duty of an emergency services vehicle to show due care and responsibility to all other road users. You can definitely still claim personal injury compensation against an emergency services vehicle such as a police car, ambulance or fire engine.

However, in regards to the moral aspects of making a claim against someone who is perhaps rushing to save another’s life, you as a road user should always be aware of emergency vehicles in your vicinity. It is your duty to help them by removing yourself from their path if possible, as they are likely to travel at speed and ignore traffic signals in some cases. Always make sure that you look out for emergency vehicles and get out of their way if you can.

Dealing with Claims Against Emergency Services Vehicles

If you do have to make a claim against an emergency services driver, get the same details from them as you would from other drivers in an accident situation. Primarily you would need the drivers name, address and telephone number. Also, if you can, get the names and addresses of any witnesses as your insurance company or claim company may need this at some point.

You have to ideally be able to prove that the other individual was responsible for the accident and this can be difficult. Get as many notes as you can down about it – from the exact location to the weather conditions at the time. If you’re able, get their insurance details also. Most drivers who handle emergency service vehicles on a daily basis will be aware of their company insurance and getting this at the scene of the accident can save time later.

Should I Report the Accident to the Police

If someone is injured in your collision with an emergency vehicle you should still let the police know. Even if you are in an accident with an ambulance and someone is hurt, call the emergency services so they can assess the situation and what to do next. If nobody is injured, so long as you obtain all the details of the other driver, there is no need to call the police. Most emergency services personnel are aware of the right code of practice if they’re involved in an accident and they should be forthcoming with their information.

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I work in domiciliary care. Had to call an Ambulance to a client's house. Client was put into Ambulance. I was sitting in my car, waiting for them to leave so I could go. They were parked behind me. As they were manoeuvring to go, they reversed into my car with the tail lift down! Am now being given the run around. So far have lost income and had to pay for repairs and fuel for a hire car. Where do I go from here?
RosieW - 3-Mar-17 @ 12:17 PM
I indicated right turning into Tesco's.There was a full sized ambulance, which I was aware of.A paramedic went on right hand side if me and turned the siren on as they hit my car.Do I have a leg to stand on?
Mia - 20-Feb-17 @ 8:13 PM
I got hit by an NYC fire department ambulance when I was parked how can I find out who is there insurance carrier
Mich - 30-Jan-17 @ 6:21 PM
Deeby - Your Question:
Hi my husband was involved in an accident with an ambulance, the ambulance was parked stationary on the side of a road,so my husband as anybody else would over took it, and as soon as he did the driver without indication turned into his passenger side damaging my hsbanda car and resulting the car to be write off, who is at fault? Please help many thanks

Our Response:
Sorry, as we've said on this page before, we are not able to say who's at fault when we only have one version of the events.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 18-Jul-16 @ 12:24 PM
Hi my husband was involved in an accident with an ambulance, the ambulance was parked stationary on the side of a road,so my husband as anybody else would over took it, and as soon as he did the driver without indication turned into his passenger side damaging my hsbanda car and resulting the car to be write off, who is at fault? Please help many thanks
Deeby - 17-Jul-16 @ 8:47 AM
Hi, does anyone know where I can get a copy of police emergency driving regulations? I wa involved in a prang with a police car.It overtook me at rush hour on a narrow street while I was still overtaking about 4 bikes...I pulled out about 2 inches further and clang! Two weeks later, police have contacted me to say that they're making my insurance pay out for an entire new front panel (for the thumb-size dent in the wheel arch).First I'd heard that it was my fault.Not sure I have a leg to stand on because it was a police car with lights flashing....please help!
James - 8-May-12 @ 8:18 PM
why won't the police answer my questions about the information gathered by officers who attended my road accident? no formal report was completed but the unit will only consult the officers' pocket books to decide whether or not to allow an interview with an officer. if the can do it for this surely they can do it to answer questions. what a waste of my time and the even more valuable time of a police officer. as they charge for an interview perhaps it is a revenue earning exercise!
slimjim - 29-Sep-11 @ 7:31 PM
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