A motor vehicle accident with an emergency vehicle is an intimidating situation to face. Accidents between pedestrian vehicles are never good, but it is often easier to determine fault- and pursue compensation- in those situations. After being involved in an emergency vehicle accident, you may have a claim, but you may not know where you stand.
Significantly, emergency vehicles have many rights and privileges on the road. It’s always important to be mindful of your responsibilities as a driver when you encounter an emergency vehicle with its sirens on. If you are involved in an emergency vehicle accident, you may feel that you did everything correctly to avoid a collision, but you may doubt your right or ability to file a claim. Let’s break it down.
Your Obligations, According to Miami Law
Let’s say you were driving in the farthest left lane when you either heard an emergency vehicle behind you or spotted one in your rearview mirror. If you got over a lane to the left of the lane you were in when the emergency vehicle approached, then you did your duty as a driver. If you were unable to move a lane over, due to congestion or otherwise, and if you slowed your speed to 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed, or if the posted speed was less than twenty miles per hour and you brought your speed down to five miles per hour, then, again, you did what you were required by law to do. Once we’ve determined that you did everything as a driver that you were required to do, then we have to determine whether the emergency vehicle was responsible for your emergency vehicle accident.
This can be tricky, but let’s go through it together. The law grants emergency vehicles certain liberties when they’re in pursuit of a criminal, and when they’re traveling, with their sirens, to the scene of an emergency, however, they have a duty to ensure the safety of both the lives and property that belongs to drivers and pedestrians on the road. It’s possible that an emergency vehicle was the cause of your emergency vehicle accident. In fact, it’s not uncommon for pedestrians who are not involved in a police or emergency response action to suffer fatalities as a result of emergency vehicle accidents. On average, 90 pedestrians die each year from such collisions.
Do I Have a Claim?
If you were injured in an emergency vehicle accident, it can definitely be difficult and overwhelming to determine whether you have a claim. Often, we associate emergency responders, like ambulance technicians and firemen and firewomen, with people who are doing good things for society- therefore, they can only do good things, right? This idealistic way of looking at things misses the point. We’re all human, regardless of our profession. We make mistakes all the time.
Before you make a claim, meet with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney, determine whether you were following all traffic rules at the time of your accident, and, if you have a claim, make a claim. A consultation with a professional injury attorney will help you determine whether you have a case. It is very challenging to pursue personal injury claims against emergency responders, which is why you want to team up with a dedicated personal injury attorney to help you.
Rojas Law Group has the experience and resources you need to make a strong claim in court. They understand what qualifies you for compensation. They will help you file your claim, represent you in court and stand by you every step of the way.
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