According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), officials are investigating a fatal accident involving an ambulance. It happened just after 1:00 a.m. along South Carolina Highway 302.
WLTX reports that an International Ambulance was heading east on 302 when the driver of a truck heading in the opposite direction crossed over the center lane and slammed into the side of the ambulance. The driver of that truck was pronounced dead at the scene. Accident reports indicate that he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. The two occupants of the ambulance were not injured in the wreck.
Our Lexington County car accident attorneys understand that accidents with government and official vehicles may be some of the hardest to handle. Many times, it can seem extremely difficult to get the compensation you deserve. Whether it’s a federal, state, city or county vehicle, it’s tough, but compensation can be achieved.
The problem with accidents involving these kinds of vehicles is that a government entity gets the privilege of protections known as “sovereign immunity” or “government immunity.” What this means is that there are a set of laws and situations in which you can (and cannot) sue the government. However, if you were involved in an accident — you deserve compensation, especially if the accident was the fault of another driver’s negligence.
Immunity laws essentially mean that federal, state and local governments must give consent to be sued. This is meant to prevent judgments against the government because it would ultimately be tax dollars that provide this compensation.
It’s important that you travel carefully around these vehicles. Oftentimes, these vehicles do not have to adhere to road laws like you and I. They get to follow special exceptions that allow them to do their job better. Unfortunately, it’s innocent travelers that oftentimes are injured in these kinds of accidents. Anytime a traffic collision occurs involving a government vehicle — especially rescue workers or law enforcement — an independent review of the crash should always be conducted.
Each and every year, there are millions of people who are sent to an emergency room because of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.
As we recently reported, the number of car accidents across the U.S. in on the rise. More people are being injured and are being killed in crashes. It’s important that you know the proper way to pursue compensation for your damages after an accident — and that’s where an experienced attorney comes in.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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