Ambulances in action should have their lights and sirens going. They also should be activating the overhead flashers to insure that the lights are changing to their advantage. If they are following the protocol, everyone else should be getting out of their way. There shouldn’t ever be following like you are a running back behind a tackle or any circumstance where you use the light advantage with them. State laws require that you yield the right of way to emergence vehicles.
It looks like in two case this weekend, it didn’t happen in Minneapolis, and as a result, three people were hospitalized:
Around 3:15 a.m Sunday morning, a taxi cab hit an ambulance that was responding to a call. The cab driver was cited for not yielding to an emergency vehicle.
Less than 15 minutes later, a minivan hit an ambulance that was responding to the first crash. Witnesses told police the minivan driver didn’t have his lights on. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
Again, it looks like speed and drinking played a role, but more investigation is needed to say for sure. As always, people need to keep a look out.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.