Few services save as many lives as the ambulance service. Highly trained staff are able to deal with all manner of emergency medical situations, keeping patients alive until they are transferred to the hospital where they can receive all the required treatment. However, it’s not all that unusual for ambulances themselves to be involved in road traffic accidents and hence and ambulance crash.
Statistics from NHS careers reveal that:
– In an average year, around one in 20 people will use the ambulance service.
– 999 responses only account for 10% of the total of ambulance service journeys.
– An ambulance will reach a 999 call within eight minutes 75% of the time.
– 999 calls to ambulances have increased by approximately one third in the last 5 years.
So, what causes accidents on the road with ambulances and hence and ambulance crash? Well, the immediate answer that springs to mind is the speed at which they are often travelling.
As the above statistic regarding an eight minute response time indicates, speed is of the essence when heading to an emergency. It would therefore be reasonable to expect ambulance drivers to be breaking speed limits and taking shortcuts.
However, as mentioned, paramedics are highly trained and this includes the skill of driving the vehicle at high speeds and in difficult circumstances. Therefore, it is actually comparatively rare that an ambulance crash will occur at the fault of the trained driver, it is far more likely to be the actions of other road users.
Examples of such actions include:
– Being unaware of an ambulance’s presence and failing to pull over out of the way in time.
– Trying to hurry across a crossing before the ambulance goes past in order to not delay your own journey.
Essentially, safety on the road boils down to being aware of your surroundings and what’s going on around you.
Of course, ambulance drivers also have a responsibility to drive in a safe manner that does not endanger other road users on their way to an emergency, but it is expected that other motorists do what they can to clear the way.
If you suffer an accident on the road, then you may well be due some traffic accident compensation. Providing your road accident claim meets certain criteria, particularly that:
- The accident occurred in the last three years
- Your subsequent injuries required medical attention
- The accident was not your fault
Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with over 13 years’ experience, can take on your case. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.