While emergency vehicles do have right of way and may both cross traffic lights on red and exceed speed limits if an emergency demands their immediate response, they do have to ensure the safety of other road users is not put at risk by their actions, minimising the risk of an emergency services crash.
Lights and siren
This means they may only cross lights and drive at high speed when an emergency requires them to do so and with their lights flashing and sirens sounding. It also means they have to prevent causing traffic accidents by:
- Not driving at speeds leaving them unable to control the vehicle properly
- Ensuring no other vehicles are at risk of colliding with them when crossing junctions, for example
In other words, emergency vehicle drivers must ensure other road users are aware of them and their intentions and should never take risks likely to endanger the safety of other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians by taking any actions likely to cause a road traffic accident.
When things do go wrong
Occasionally, emergency vehicle accidents do occur. If this happens to you and the driver of the emergency vehicle was at fault – not sounding sirens, flashing lights or taking your safety into consideration – you could be entitled to claim for compensation.
How to go about claiming
You should contact the UK’s most highly recommended law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, for advice and to request legal assistance by one of their in-house injury lawyers. Recommended by the nation’s favourite consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, this company was established in the year 2000 to assist people like you in getting the car accident compensation they are entitled to.
Contactable via our website or via Freephone helpline, our law firm operates under strict conditional fee agreements. Better known as no-win no-fee* claims, this means you do not have to worry about funding your claim for driver or passenger injury compensation after an accident involving an emergency vehicle. Any costs incurred during the road accident claim process will be deducted from the compensation you will ultimately be awarded.
Calls to the helpline are not only free, they are also confidential. Any details, personal or otherwise, you provide advisers with in relation to your claim will be treated with confidentiality, respect and empathy. While advisors will offer you the services of an in-house solicitor, you are also under no obligation to accept this help, although this is obviously the most sensible thing to do.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice