An emergency vehicle must obey all traffic laws except when the risks of the emergency outweigh the risks to the public posed by violating the traffic laws. Even when circumstances justify violating the traffic laws, the driver must warn the public of his approach with emergency lights and, when appropriate, his siren. And still, the driver of the emergency vehicle must exercise due care for the safety of the public.
If you were injured by a fire truck, ambulance, police car, or other emergency vehicle in or around Redwood City, you may have recourse regardless of whether the vehicle was responding to an emergency. Contact us, at Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers, and we can advise you about your rights.
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If you believe the driver of the emergency vehicle caused your car accident, a government entity could be responsible for compensating you for your injuries. In California, you have just six months from the date of your collision to file a notice of claim with the appropriate government entity.
Your initial claim must include the details of your accident and a breakdown of the damages you seek. A lawyer can help you file your claim correctly and on time, ensuring the best odds of securing a favorable settlement. If a settlement is not possible, your lawyer can take the case to court. Hiring a Redwood City emergency vehicle accident lawyer will give you peace of mind throughout the legal process.
Over the years, we have come to recognize a few common causes of emergency vehicle accidents in California. These crashes often come down to the emergency driver abusing his authority to violate traffic rules, as well as careless and distracted driving. Identifying the factors that contributed to your wreck is the beginning of your personal injury claim.
It is an emergency vehicle driver’s job to safely operate the vehicle safely, even when responding to an emergency. If the driver fails to do so, the responsible governmental entity or the emergency services company that owns the vehicle may be held vicariously liable for the personal injuries the driver causes to members of the public.
The law could entitle you to compensation for your economic and non-economic damages following a crash involving an emergency vehicle in or around Redwood City. Our lawyers can help you pursue fair and full compensation for your injuries from a responsible governmental entity or private company. Start your case with a free consultation with a Redwood City personal injury attorney. Contact Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers today at (650) 453-3600.