New Regulations For Emergency Response Vehicles?

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

A change in Oklahoma state law may take place in regards to emergency vehicle driver safety after a recent accident involving an ambulance and a minivan. According to KOCO News, an Oklahoma City man was killed when an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) ambulance hit his van at the intersection of Northwest 10th and May Avenue.

The man was passing through the intersection with a green light as an ambulance smashed into the side of his vehicle. The impact sent the car skidding nearly 75-feet across the asphalt before hitting a light pole.

Witnesses told investigating officers that the ambulance only had its lights on, and not it’s siren, as it blew through the intersection and T-boned the man’s car; however, an EMSA investigation determined that both lights and sirens were on at the time of the crash.

State law does not require an emergency vehicle to use any light, sirens, or a combination of both when responding to an emergency.

State Representative Doug Cox says he will introduce legislation next session that will require ambulances and other emergency vehicles to use both lights and sirens when responding to calls.

The Oklahoma auto accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers support the push for better laws regulating emergency vehicle driver safety when going to or coming from a call or emergency situation. If you have been injured in an emergency vehicle accident at no fault of your own, contact an attorney today.