You may not think it, but emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances are in plenty of accidents. Fatalities from collisions are 4.8 times higher for emergency responders than the national average, and if you’re involved in a collision where an emergency responder was at fault, you should be calling a personal injury lawyer right away.
At Halepaska Law, we have an auto injury lawyer ready to help. Here are some basic statistics on the rates and other important information for emergency vehicle responder crashes.
- Ambulances are involved in an estimated 6,500 accidents per year
- Three unique injuries per accident occurs during those with injuries
- 35 percent of ambulance injuries have at least one injury or fatality
- 600 people are injured in ambulance accidents each year
- About 60 percent of ambulance accidents happen during emergency use
- Of those killed in ambulance crashes, 63 percent were in a passenger vehicle; 21 percent were ambulance passengers; 4 percent were ambulance drivers, and 12 percent were non-occupants
- Nearly 60 percent of ambulance fatalities happen in the patient compartment
- Emergency medical personnel have a higher risk of crashing compared to other first responders
Police Vehicle Statistics
- Police pursuits are responsible for 300 fatalities per year in the US alone
- Police officers nearly double the general rate of motor vehicle crashes per million vehicles driven
- People not involved in police pursuits account for nearly 30 percent of their fatalities
- Over 50 percent of all law enforcement deaths resulted from vehicle accidents from 1998 to 2008
- Firetruck accidents are the second-leading cause of death on the job for firefighters
- For the decade of 2000 to 2009, over 31,000 fire vehicle accidents took place
- Roughly 70 percent of such accidents happen during emergency use
- Rollovers make up 66 percent of all fatal firetruck accidents
Some basic stats illustrating the expense behind these accidents:
- In the year 2007, the city of Chicago paid $7 million in settlements and verdicts related to accidents involving patrol vehicles
- In 2011, the LAPD paid $24 million for settlements and verdicts involving police vehicle accidents
- Emergency vehicle accidents cost an estimated $35 billion per year in the US, and over $250 billion around the world
For more on emergency vehicle collisions and getting your fair compensation, call a car injury attorney at Halepaska Law today.