If you have been involved in any kind of accident involving an emergency services vehicle, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation, even if you believe that you may have been partially at fault. As long as you have not taken full responsibility for the incident and it can be proven that another party was partially responsible, then it may be possible to lodge a claim for compensation with a competent accident specialist.
Whilst emergency vehicles do have certain privileges whilst on the road when they are using their sirens and blue lights, this does not mean that they are above the law. When driving at speed or on an emergency call, the drivers of these vehicles must follow procedures and take every precaution necessary to try to protect the safety of those around them.
All road users have a duty of care towards each other, and emergency vehicle drivers are no exception.
Examples of Accidents with Emergency Vehicles
Emergency drivers must proceed with caution if they intend to pass through a red traffic light. This is simply because pedestrians or other vehicle users may be responding to a green light signal and they may not be completely aware of the exact location of the emergency vehicle.
Therefore, if you have been injured by an ambulance, police car, fire engine or paramedic vehicle which has passed through a red light, then you may be able to claim compensation for the accident. This is just one example of a case in which the emergency vehicle driver must take a share of responsibility for the accident.
Another example of a situation where the emergency vehicle driver may be liable is one where an accident has occurred after that vehicle ran a red light or was travelling on the wrong side of the road but did not have its flashing lights switched on or its warning sirens sounding. These devices are important safety features which are designed to help to make other road users aware of the location of the emergency vehicle. Failure to use these warnings can put the lives of the public and other road users at risk.
If you are interested in claiming compensation following this type of accident, or if you need further assistance and advice, then you should consider getting in contact with a claims solicitor who deals with accidents involving emergency services.
Many of these solicitors are able to offer free initial consultation sessions for potential clients, where these clients are able to discuss the details of their case in a stress-free environment. At these initial consultation sessions, the solicitorswill be able to identify whether the case is viable and if it is likely to be successful. Because of the subtleties involved in these types of cases, you should always turn to a solicitor who has had previous experience of dealing with this type of case, rather than using a generic traffic accident specialist.
Contacting A Solicitor
There are strict time limits on making a claim for accidents involving emergency services in the UK; therefore it is important to get in contact with an accident specialist as soon as you can.
In order for a case to be successful, it is essential that the solicitor is able to prove that the accident victim was not 100% responsible for the accident. In order for your legal expert to be able to establish this, it is important that you are able to provide them with as much information as possible about the accident.
Make sure that you are able to provide your solicitor with all of the important dates and times relating to the accident, and give your solicitor any details about people who may have witnessed the accident. As part of the claims procedure, you may have to submit your medical records and some of your financial records, so you should be prepared to let your solicitor have access to these. If you need an additional, independent medical examination as part of the claims procedure, your solicitor will usually be able to help to arrange one of these for you with a qualified specialist.