In the United States, emergency vehicle accidents are a serious problem. From ambulances to fire trucks and police cars, vehicle fatality rates for responders of emergency situations are continuing to happen more than ever before. Emergency vehicles travel at a fast rate of speed, so they are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident, which can lead to injury or death.
United States Ambulance Accidents
When it comes to ambulance accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that thousands of accidents take place each year. A report from mid-2014 showed statistics from a study of a 20-year time frame, from 1992 until 2011.
The study found that as many as 6,500 ambulance accidents take place each year. Of that number, around 35% of the accidents involve an injury or death with a minimum of one individual in the involved vehicle. When an injury takes place with such accidents, the average number of people injured is three.
Of the ambulance accident deaths in the United States each year, just over 60% involved the passenger of the vehicle involved while just over 20% was the passenger of the ambulance. Non-occupant deaths average around 12% while ambulance driver deaths are at around 4%.
The majority of ambulance accidents that occur in the US take place during emergency use. Medical personnel in ambulances are more at risk of being involved in a vehicle accident than other first responders such as police officers or firemen.
United States Firetruck Accidents
Surprisingly, statistics show that firetruck accidents are the second leading cause of death for firefighters on the job. In a study by the same group, firetruck accidents were studied from 2000 until 2009. In this time frame, around 31,600 firetruck accidents took place in the US. Around 70% of the accidents recorded involving firetrucks took place while the truck was in emergency use.
The majority of accidents involving firetrucks involved a rollover. Firetruck accidents are often severe due to the size of the truck involved, resulting in serious injury and fatality.
United States Police Accidents
Police car accidents are quite prevalent in the United States with a recent report finding that one person is killed every day in a pursuit-related crash involving a police car. Information gathered by researchers of the University of Washington from 1994 until 2002 found that fatalities are quite common when police vehicles are in pursuit.
A police pursuit results in around 300 fatalities in the United States each year. In more than 30% of accidents, the individual killed was not involved in the pursuit.
As you can emergency responders have a tough job, not only helping the public but in trying to avoid vehicle accidents. The responders have to be able to respond in a timely manner but a safe one as well. If you have been involved in an emergency responder accident, it is important to have your case reviewed by one of our seasoned attorneys.
At Cueria Law Firm, we take great pride in representing those who have been involved in accidents with an emergency vehicle. If you or someone you love has been involved in such an accident, contact our office today. We will review your case and help you file a claim for just compensation.