Woman Killed in Fatal Henry County Georgia Crash with Ambulance


December 01, 2010

A serious automobile crash in Henry County, Georgia 10 days ago, that involved an ambulance, left one woman dead and several more injured, including two children. According to reports, the ambulance was engaged in a non-emergency transport and was not speeding or using its siren or flashing lights. A woman who was a passenger in the other vehicle was killed, and both the mother and child who were being transported in the ambulance were injured.

Emergency vehicles including ambulances, fire engines and police cars are often driven at high rates of speed and run red lights, creating a significant risk of being involved in serious accidents. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured in motor vehicle crashes, including those involving emergency vehicles, throughout Georgia for over 25 years.

While emergency vehicles are not required to obey all traffic laws that apply to other drivers, emergency vehicle drivers are obligated to operate an ambulance, fire truck or police car safely. If the emergency vehicle is going to drive through red lights and travel at high rates of speed, it must be engaged in an actual emergency response and use its emergency lights and siren. Emergency response personnel are also expected to be carefully trained. Failure to follow these procedures or properly train emergency response personnel may be a basis for liability when it causes a motor vehicle accident which results in injuries to others who share Georgia roadways.

Those who drive emergency vehicles often face complex situations under extraordinary stress, but this does not excuse endangering the very people they are supposed to be helping. The risk to other drivers should be justified under the circumstances of a particular situation. For example while it may be justified to run red lights at a high rate of speed (after using some care when approaching an intersection) to stop a homicide suspect, it may not be equally justified to potentially endanger others when chasing someone guilty of a misdemeanor. It makes no sense for an ambulance driver who is supposed to be engaged in saving lives to put other motorists at risk of serious injury or death.

Those who operate emergency vehicles typically receive extensive training and are required to follow guidelines and regulations that have been developed by various agencies that are assigned to oversee and deal with such circumstances. Sadly, these guidelines and regulations are not always met. The consequences can be tragic because accidents involving emergency response vehicles typically involve high rates of speed resulting in more serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving an ambulance, police car or fire truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those seriously injured in car crashes throughout Georgia for over 25 years. If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision with an emergency response vehicle, our Georgia auto accident and injury attorneys can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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