Two people are dead following a Monday afternoon crash between an ambulance and an SUV that occurred along Campbellton Road near the Ben Hill Recreation Center. According to a report from Fox 5, when first responders arrived at the accident scene, they discovered the Pro Care medical transport vehicle stopped in the middle of the road with its passenger door broken off. The SUV had rolled over onto its side next to the road and had appeared to have struck a tree. The airbags deployed in both vehicles.
The SUV driver and one of the emergency workers died as a result of the accident. The ambulance driver and a patient riding in the ambulance at the time of the accident sustained injuries and received medical treatment. Neighbors in the area where the crash occurred noted that the road is hazardous due to the high speed people use when traveling it, in spite of a 35 mph speed limit. The accident remained under investigation at the time of the Fox 5 report.
According to the National Security Council (NSC), accidents involving emergency vehicles result in well over 100 deaths on U.S. roadways each year. The majority of these fatalities are occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians struck by the emergency vehicle. However, around 11 percent of these accidents involve fatalities to the emergency worker, and another 5 percent involve the death of an emergency vehicle passenger. Crashes involving ambulances are more common when the ambulance is operating with its lights and sirens on, and are also more likely while the ambulance is transporting a victim.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident in the Atlanta area that was caused by another driver’s negligence, an experienced attorney from Cambre& Associates LLC can help you understand the process of seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury. For a free case evaluation, contact us online.