The Ambulance, Police Car, Fire Truck Caused The Accident. Can I Sue Them?
The drivers of emergency vehicles have a duty to operate those vehicles safely, even when responding to emergency calls, in the pursuit of suspects, or responding to a fire alarm.
Although these emergency responders are immune for liable for acts of ordinary negligence, the owners of the vehicles- typically their employers- may be responsible for the operator’s acts of negligence.
“An owner or lessee of an emergency vehicle….is liable …. for any damages caused by a negligent act or omission of an authorized operator while operating the emergency vehicle in the performance of emergency service.”1 However, so long as audio and visual alarms are used, the law does provide certain privileges to the operators of those vehicles. Experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyers Attorney Eric T. Kirk knows these emergency operators may park or stand in areas that other vehicles may not; pass through a red light if safe to do so; speed safely, and disregard directional signals. Nevertheless, they are always charged with the responsibility of using reasonable care and diligence as required by the circumstances of the emergency.2