Road Traffic Accidents involving Emergency Vehicles
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
All road users owe a duty of care to other road users and Emergency Vehicles are governed by the same principles; however, the nature of their work means they do sometimes have to travel at speed and ignore traffic signals; therefore other road users should always be vigilant for warning lights or sirens.
One personal injury compensation claim dealt with by Thompsons Solicitors involved a driver who travelled across a junction controlled by traffic lights. The traffic lights were green from his direction and he was travelling at a reasonable speed; however, he failed to see an Ambulance travelling through the red traffic lights and a collision occurred. The client was still permitted to claim personal injury compensation from the insurers of the Ambulance Service; however, was found to be 60% to blame for the accident.
Claiming Personal Injury Compensation
As with all accident compensation claims, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury (in this case, the driver of the Emergency Vehicle, which collided with you).
To help your case, you should take names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident and take photographs of the accident locus if possible. You should also contact the Police immediately and report the incident.
If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses, remember to keep receipts as evidence.