Tips on avoiding a Tredegar car accident when you see an emergency vehicle
Ironically, one of the things most likely to cause a Tredegar car accident is the presence of a speeding emergency vehicle trying to get to another accident or crime. Many drivers instantly panic when they hear or see an emergency vehicle speeding their way. They want to get out of the way as quickly as physically possible to leave a clear road for the ambulance/fire engine or police car.
On top of this, an emergency vehicle doesn’t need to follow the signs or rules of the road and can go through traffic lights. This increases the risk of causing a Tredegar car accident with you at the centre of it. Here are some tips for how to behave when an emergency vehicle is speeding by, in order to avoid an incident.
- Try to work out where the sound is coming from. Most of the time you will hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle well before you see anything. In this case it is important that you focus carefully to check where the sound is coming from and start to plan your next move before you even see the vehicle.
- Work out how the vehicle is going to get past you. You have a number of options here. You can stay where you are if the vehicle can get through. Alternatively, you may want to pull over to one side of the road or the other, or simply stop so that the vehicle can choose how to get around you.
- Follow other cars. Look at what the cars in front and behind you are going to do or are already starting to do. Following their lead can be the simplest and safest course of action.
- Don’t panic. Panicking may make it difficult for you to make a decision. You could hold up the emergency vehicle and other traffic by dithering. Just breathe and stay calm whilst you decide what to do next.
It’s all pretty much common sense. The main point is to remain calm and be decisive.
Getting help from Accident Advice regarding a Tredegar car accident
If you do have a Tredegar car accident as the result of an emergency vehicle, you may or may not be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries sustained. This will entirely depend on whether the accident was caused by your or the emergency vehicle. It may also have been caused by another driver’s negligence in not getting out of the way.
The best way to work out whether or not you have a good case for compensation is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993.
Speak to one of our advisors and ask about making a no-win, no-fee claim. They will tell you all you need to know. Alternatively you can read through any relevant posts or reviews here on our website and/or take our 30-second test.
One thing is for sure. If you have been injured in a Tredegar car accident, Accident Advice Helpline is the best law firm to help you claim compensation. Call us today.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: David Brown