The Spokane Valley Fire Department confirmed a recent major vehicular crash involving an ambulance that occurred on the afternoon of July 30th. The accident occurred at the intersection of east Appleway Boulevard and south Park Road while the ambulance was driving through the intersection with both its siren and lights on.
The investigation is still being performed. Three people are ported to have been transported to a nearby medical facility. While traffic was not blocked, the accident is reported to have resulted in delayed traffic.
Who Bears Responsibility for an Ambulance Crash?
Ambulances quickly arrive at crash scenes, businesses, and residences and carry injured people to medical facilities. Like all other vehicles, ambulances are sometimes involved in accidents that result in serious injuries.
Ambulance drivers can turn right on red lights to maneuver streets quickly and travel through intersections, regardless of the color of the traffic signal. The law requires that ambulance drivers operate their vehicles in a way that is safe when around other vehicles. Ambulance drivers can run red lights, but they must engage in risky driving patterns only when they can do so in a reasonably safe manner.
It might seem contradictory, but ambulance operators are taught to break rules only when it can be done so safely. This means that if it is not safe to break the rules, the ambulance driver must exercise restraint. If a crash occurs when an ambulance driver takes an unnecessary risk, the ambulance driver will be held liable for any resulting harm or damages.
Safety Advice to Follow When Operating an Ambulance
People who drive ambulances can follow some important safety precautions, which include the following:
- Fasten Seat Belt Sign. If an ambulance crew has a visual indicator in the patient area suggesting to buckle, patients can be kept much safer. The decal should contain a statement about valuing the patient's safety.
- Restrict the number of potential projectiles. Various objects including cardiac monitors, blood pressure cuffs, and med bags can become projectiles in the back of an ambulance and can harm people. Properly secure these items before driving the ambulance to avoid objects striking people in the passenger area and potentially hurting them.
- Make sure you are visible. Workers should make sure to wear things like their safety vest, flashlight, and light-up in low visibility situations. These are the best ways to increase your visibility.
Speak With an Accident Lawyer Today
The victims of ambulance accidents might wonder if they require the help of a lawyer. It is a good idea to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured as the result of another person's negligence. You need the assistance of a lawyer who will help to fight to make sure you receive the greatest amount of compensation possible. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.