Everyone knows that when driving, you should listen and look out for ambulances and doctors, police, fire engines and other emergency services vehicles using sirens and/or flashing blue, green or red lights. In addition, you should also be aware of any Incident Support and Highways Agency Traffic Officer vehicles using flashing amber lights.
The question most people ask, however, is how to let such vehicles pass by safely.
There are five ‘golden rules’ to take into consideration when the need to let an emergency vehicle pass arises:
- When you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching, do not panic, but consider the vehicle’s route and take the necessary actions to let it pass
- Do not break any rules or laws, but continue to comply with all applicable traffic signs, lights, etc.
- If necessary, pull over to the side and stop, but prevent causing accidents on the road by avoiding stopping before the brows of hills, bends or narrow road sections
- Do not put yourself, pedestrians or other road users at risk of being injured in a motoring accident, and avoid mounting kerbs
- Prevent vehicle collisions by not braking harshly on approaches to junctions or roundabouts, as vehicles behind you may not be able to see everything you see
By bearing these rules in mind whenever you see or hear the approach of emergency vehicles, you should be able to allow them to pass in safety and without the risk of causing a road traffic accident.
Ignorance is not bliss
Unfortunately, many road users seem to be totally unaware of these simple rules. Such uninformed drivers may panic and brake suddenly, pull over and/or stop without warning, or mount kerbs the moment they believe an emergency vehicle may be approaching. Sadly, their ignorance is rarely bliss, as their rash actions can result in car accidents.
When panic strikes
Should you be injured in a car crash caused by a panicking or distracted driver, you could be eligible to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. This, of course, also applies to cyclists or pedestrians injured by traffic related accidents someone else was responsible for.
Help is just a phone call away
Claiming for compensation invariably makes it necessary to enlist the help of a solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors are backed by years of experience in conducting personal injury claims. Working under conditional fee agreements, our well-established law firm’s in-house lawyers can be enlisted by simply picking up the phone and dialling the our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice