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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    Road traffic accidents involving emergency vehicles


    Emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines or police cars often travel at high speeds, and are permitted to ignore road signals such as traffic lights when responding to an emergency. It’s important that other road users are vigilant if they hear a siren or see blue lights flashing, and leave plenty of space for emergency vehicles to get past. Unfortunately, there are times when emergency vehicles are involved in an accident with a third party, and if you have been struck by an ambulance or police car and believe they are at fault, you may be considering claiming for compensation.

    The claims process

    Claiming for compensation after a collision with an emergency vehicle is perhaps not quite as straightforward as other claims, although you will still need to prove that the driver of the emergency vehicle was to blame. We look at claims on an individual basis and can help you to gather evidence to support your claim. If you have failed to spot an emergency vehicle despite lights and sirens, then you could be held at fault for an accident, although you may still be eligible to claim for reduced compensation.

    What to do after your road accident

    It’s important to take contact details for any witnesses to the accident, and report the incident immediately to the police. If possible, you should also try to take photographs of the scene for use as evidence later. You should also keep receipts of any expenses incurred, such as travel to medical appointments or prescription costs.

    How we can help

    It’s a good idea to speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident – Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so you can call at any time of the day or night for advice or a friendly chat about what happens next. Our patron is Esther Rantzen, who you probably know from TV, and she recommends us for our professional approach and 13 years’ experience in the industry.

    We know that the aftermath of an accident can be a difficult time, particularly if you or a family member have been seriously injured, but our team of specialist advisers are helpful and sympathetic – we treat each claim on an individual basis, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Because we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, you don’t need to worry about finding the cash to pay upfront fees before you call; we won’t charge you a penny unless your claim is successful.

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    Date Published: January 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.