Injuries Caused by Ambulance Accidents  

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers discuss ambulance accidents. Ambulance drivers are under a great deal of pressure to transport people to the closest hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Oftentimes, this means that the driver must navigate heavy traffic and drive through busy intersections, using their flashing lights and sirens to warn other cars and pedestrians. If the driver takes unnecessary risks on their way to the hospital, it can endanger the passengers in the ambulance, as well as other motorists in the vicinity. If the ambulance driver’s negligent behavior caused an accident involving serious injuries, the driver will likely be held liable for the resulting injuries.

Common Causes of Ambulance Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 33 fatalities each year are caused by ambulances and other emergency vehicles. Some ambulance accidents are caused by other drivers, or unavoidable circumstances. However, the following are examples of preventable ambulance accidents:

  • Unnecessary speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to turn on flashing lights and sirens
  • Driving through intersections without making sure that other cars are not approaching
  • Failure to yield to other vehicles

If the patient in the ambulance is injured in an accident caused by driver negligence, the driver would he held liable. The following are examples of negligent behavior:

  • Failure to properly secure the patient’s gurney
  • Failure to secure the gurney to the vehicle’s emergency straps
  • Failure to secure equipment inside the ambulance, which could cause further injuries if dislodged

Unfortunately, injuries caused by ambulance accidents can be particularly serious since they are often traveling at high speeds. According to safety reports, close to one-third of all ambulance accidents result in injuries. The following are examples of common injuries caused by ambulance accidents:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Whiplash and spinal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Paralysis

Seeking Compensation for Injuries

Emergency medical technicians are trained on how to safely navigate through traffic and ensure that the patient arrives at the medical facility safely. However, if the ambulance driver was negligent in any way, causing injuries to the occupants of the ambulance or the other vehicle involved, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. In addition, if the ambulance company did not properly train the driver, it may also be held liable. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim may receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses related to the injury
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages and loss of future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Ambulance Accidents

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident involving an ambulance, you are urged to contact the highly skilled Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the details of your case and determine who is responsible for causing the accident. Our dedicated team will protect your legal rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.