Compensation Claim: Emergency Vehicles
If you have been involved in a road traffic collision with an emergency vehicle then you can speak to our solicitor in Irvine today to find out if they can help you make a claim for compensation.
Many people who have been involved in an accident with an emergency vehicle (whether that be a police car, fire engine or ambulance) believe they cannot make a claim for compensation. This is often because they think that the rules of the road do not apply to emergency vehicles and therefore it would be impossible to find them liable for any accident that they have caused. This is not the case and any experienced solicitor in Irvine will know that you do still have a right to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured as a result of an accident which was not your fault.
To find out more contact our solicitor in Irvine today and we can discuss the details of your case with you one to one and in the strictest of confidence.
We can then make sure you have all the information needed to decide whether or not you would like to make a claim against the emergency services.
How a solicitor in Irvine will establish liability
When it comes to making a claim for compensation arguably one of the most important factors that a solicitor in Irvine will need to take into account is the question of liability – in other words, who is responsible for the accident.
In the case of an accident involving an emergency vehicle your solicitor in Irvine will consider the following:
- Was the emergency vehicle flashing its lights or sounding its siren? This is important information as either one of these actions is the fundamental way for an emergency vehicle to make its presence known. If the emergency vehicle did not make its presence known in either of these ways then it is reasonable to presume that other road users could have missed the emergency vehicle, who may have been travelling at speed, and therefore a collision could not have been avoided.
- Was the emergency vehicle reacting to an emergency situation? Again this is a relevant piece of information. If the vehicle was responding to an emergency situation at the time of the collision then the driver is able to drive in a manner not usually deemed to be legal (e.g. skipping red lights and exceeding the speed limit). However, this should still be done in a safe manner. If the driver was exceeding the speed limit whilst not responding to an emergency that is an entirely different scenario.
Starting a claim
If you would like to start your claim today Accident Advice Helpline has a 30 second test.
By using this we can tell you immediately if you meet the criteria for starting a claim, and we can then put you in touch with a solicitor in Irvine to get your claim started.
Date Published: 8th April 2014
Author: David Brown