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Murfreesboro Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident involving an emergency vehicle, you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side

Emergency vehicles are dispatched when someone is in need of emergency services right away. To make it to an emergency in a timely fashion, these vehicles are granted the ability to undertake riskier maneuvers than other vehicles on the road. They are permitted to run through red lights and stop signs. These vehicles are even allowed to drive the wrong way on a road. While the law grants emergency vehicles these rights, they are also under an obligation to take proper precautions while driving to mitigate any potential harm they may cause to other drivers. If you have been injured in an accident involving an emergency vehicle, you may feel like you have a hopeless case. Do not give up. You possibly have the right to be compensated for your injuries.

Accident injury cases involving emergency vehicles are complicated. Get the benefit of more than 20 years of legal knowledge with the Murfreesboro personal injury attorney at the Law Office of David L. Scott. Trust us to pursue your injury claim with a level of skill and a breadth of knowledge you can remain confident in.

Can an emergency vehicle driver be found at fault for an accident?

While emergency vehicles are granted special driving privileges when responding to emergency calls, these privileges are not unlimited. The driver of an emergency vehicle can most definitely be found at fault for causing an accident and be held responsible for any resulting injuries and losses.

The 2015 Tennessee Court of Appeals case Jones v. Bradley County, clearly stated that an emergency vehicle driver can and will be held liable for his or her part in causing an accident. The plaintiff, Ms. Jones, was involved in a car crash with a fire rescue track driven by the defendant, Mr. Mundall. As Ms. Jones traveled northwards into an intersection she had a green light. Mr. Mundall, responding to an emergency call, was traveling westward into the intersection. He had a red light. Mr. Mundall made a left turn against the red light and, as he did so, Ms. Jones collided with the truck.

The trial court apportioned 60 percent of the fault to Mr. Mundall and 40% of the fault to Ms. Jones. The decision was appealed and affirmed on appeal. The Court of Appeals ruled that, while Ms. Jones had a duty to yield her right of way to the oncoming emergency vehicle, Mr. Mundall failed to uphold his duty to drive with due regard to the safety of others, a duty that still applies even when emergency vehicle drivers are driving pursuant to special privileges granted by law. Mr. Mundall failed to uphold this duty because the evidence showed he:

  • Failed to turn on the Fire Rescue truck’s siren;

  • Failed to stop at the intersection before proceeding; and

  • Proceeded through the red light despite admitting in testimony that he could see no more than 10 or 15 feet down the lane Ms. Jones was traveling in.

If you have been injured in an accident with an emergency vehicle, contact our Murfreesboro accident attorney

The sheer size and force of an emergency vehicle hitting you can be emotionally and physically traumatic. If the emergency vehicle driver acted negligently, you have a right to be compensated for your losses. Contact the Law Office of David L. Scott today by calling 615-896-7656 or go online to schedule a free case evaluation.

 
 
 

 

 

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Nashville, TN 37205

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