Three were people were injured on Tuesday morning in an accident involving an ambulance on the south side of Chicago, according to cbslocal.com. An Illinois truck accident lawyer at our firm learned that the accident happened about 11:30am on the 5100 block of South Union Avenue. Fire Media Information states that a pick-up truck was westbound on 51st Street when it slid through a red light and crashed into the ambulance that was southbound on Union Avenue. The truck hit a rear tire of the ambulance, causing damage to the front end of the truck. The ambulance had its lights activated and was returning from a call at the time of the accident.
Police say the pick-up driver and her passenger were taken to a nearby hospital of Cook County in serious-to-fair condition. The ambulance driver was taken to the same hospital for observation. Preliminary reports say that the driver of the pick-up was driving too fast for conditions and citations are pending.
From the perspective of our attorneys, motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances have become an increasing source of public concern, posing a serious risk to drivers, passengers, and patients. Ncbi.com states that throughout the last decade, 399 ambulance accidents caused 405 fatalities and 838 injuries in the U.S. Authorities believe that given there are close to 50,000 ambulances on the road on any particular day, it is likely there were even more collisions than those making headlines. In 2011, a total of 39 people suffered a range of injures in these accidents, many of these individuals actually being ambulance drivers and crew members themselves.
After analyzing all fatal ambulance accidents on U.S. public roadways throughout the last decade, data shows that these accidents occurred most often between 12-6pm, on straight and dry roads, and almost always at intersections (41%). Ambulances were commonly hit by other vehicles as they attempted to go through intersections and vice versa, sometimes happening when ambulances traveled against red lights to reach their destination. In these accidents, a greater amount of injuries fell upon those who were not in the ambulance.
Authorities say emergency medical service directors are attempting to develop more ambulance operation and risk management policies. Many believe that crash and injury reduction programs should address improved intersection control, screening to identify high-risk drivers, appropriate restraint use, and design modifications to decrease the likelihood of ambulance damage in collisions.
As one can see, collisions with ambulances can occur under many conditions and have the potential to be life threatening. Our attorneys have listed ambulance crash statistics, addressed ambulance crash characteristics, and projected the magnitude and severity of risks involved, hoping to increase awareness in relation to these accidents and help all motorists remain safe while sharing the road with ambulances. It is important to always stay alert for all emergency vehicles, react appropriately if an emergency vehicle is approaching, and drive responsibly to prevent the risk of an accident occurring.
Our law firm provides qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been in an accident as the result of negligent motorists. We are willing to assist you if you or someone you know has suffered personal injury, medical expenses, or property damage as the result of an ambulance accident. Please contact us to find out if legal recourse may be available to you.