Hit By A Firetruck? What Are Your Rights When A Missouri Car Accident Involves An Emergency Vehicle?
While emergency personnel and first responders may disobey traffic laws if they are using lights and sirens, the drivers of fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles must use sound judgment and protect the safety of the public. When an emergency vehicle driver is not responding to an emergency and is not using lights and sirens, the driver must obey all Kansas or Missouri traffic laws.
You, however, must also follow traffic laws regarding emergency vehicles.
How to safely share the road with emergency vehicles:
Always yield the right-of-way to a police car, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle that is using a siren and red light.
When you hear a siren, pull as close to the left side of the road as is safely possible. Stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.
If you hear a siren while you are in an intersection, do not stop. Continue driving through the intersection and then pull over to the left as soon as you are safely able to.
Always stay clear of accident scenes and other emergency sites. Your presence or your car's presence could interfere with the response of emergency personnel. Never slow down to "sight see" at the scene of an accident.
Always obey orders and traffic directions from police, fire fighters, traffic directors and other emergency personnel, even if it conflicts with existing signs, signals, or Missouri traffic laws.
If a Missouri traffic accident occurs when there is no emergency or if the driver failed to turn the lights and siren, you may have a Kansas City accident claim. To discuss your injury with a Kansas City auto accident attorney, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616
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