WIS TV10 recently reported on a fatal crash involving an ambulance.
Our car accident lawyers in Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg urge you to contact our experienced staff at the Lee Law Offices if you are in a Carolina car accident with an emergency vehicle.
An early morning crash involving a car and an ambulance killed one and sent 6 others to the hospital.
A Bamberg County ambulance was heading to Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties with 5 occupants, 3 crew members and a mother and child. The car was driven by a 22-year-old male driver and had a 23-year-old male passenger.
The collision took place on Magnolia Street, about a mile north of Orangeburg. The passenger of the car was killed instantly and the driver and the 5 occupants of the ambulance were taken to different hospitals. The investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
The preliminary 2009 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the following regarding fatalities and emergency vehicles:
-35 persons were killed involving crashes with ambulances.
-17 persons were killed involving crashes with fire trucks.
-90 persons were killed involving crashes with police vehicles.
High-tech emergency vehicles equipped with GPS screens, radio controls, emergency light and siren controls and cell phones are a breeding ground of distraction for an emergency vehicle driver.
South Carolina DMV offers the following information about emergency vehicle drivers. During emergency conditions drivers may drive faster than the speed limit, proceed through a stop sign or red light after slowing down, park in no parking zones and ignore rules about direction of travel or turning. However, all these must be done with public safety in mind.
As a motorist when you see an emergency vehicle approaching or hear a siren you should pull over to the edge of the road or the nearest curb and stop. Avoid entering any intersections until the emergency vehicle passes. Be careful when returning to the street after the emergency vehicle passes by using your turn signal and checking around you to make sure no other emergency vehicles are still en route. Never tailgate an emergency vehicle.
If you or someone you know have been injured in a car-related accident, contact The Lee & Smith to make a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.