If you are injured in a Kansas City car accident that involves an emergency vehicle, you may wonder if you have the right to sue for compensation.  After all, these vehicles have the authority to disobey traffic laws in emergency situations.
 
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. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.