Emergency Vehicle Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

An ambulance hit Jackie B’s car at the corner of North Avenue and Lathrop Avenue one afternoon. At first, she felt bad about the accident. The ambulance had been transporting a heart attack victim to the hospital. But Jackie didn’t feel she had done anything wrong and had followed all the traffic rules. Which driver is responsible when emergency vehicle accidents occur?

The answer to this question depends on how the accident happened and Illinois laws.

Automobile Driver Responsibilities

When faced with an approaching emergency vehicle, drivers generally must:

  • Pull to the right side of the road immediately if the emergency vehicle is using lights and/or sirens. It may be necessary to come to a complete stop.
  • Remain stopped if they are stuck in the middle of an intersection with two-way traffic.

Another Illinois law referred to as “Scott’s Law” is about a driver’s responsibility when approaching a scene where the police, fire department, or other emergency vehicles are working. Drivers are required to yield, change lanes if possible, or at least slow down and drive cautiously.

Emergency Vehicle Driver Responsibilities

Drivers of ambulances and other emergency vehicles typically face greater responsibility than the average driver. They may have to get their vehicle to a hospital or other location quickly to save someone’s life. At the same time, they share the road with many other drivers who have places to go.

Section 3.150 of the Illinois Emergency Medical Services Systems Act describes when emergency personnel may be immune from civil lawsuits and liability. However, this immunity may not be available for actions taken that cause an automobile accident.

In general, drivers of emergency vehicles are expected to remember the safety of other drivers and drive accordingly.

Talk to an Experienced, Dedicated Attorney Today

It can be very difficult to determine who is fault after a motor vehicle collision. This is especially true with emergency vehicle accidents. Discuss your options with an Illinois personal injury lawyer. Frankly, any driver could be considered at fault in an automobile accident and you need to preserve your rights.

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