Rhode Island Ambulance Accident Lawyer


Have you or someone you love been injured in an ambulance accident in Rhode Island?  If so, you are likely worried about receiving the necessary medical care to fully heal your physical injuries and worried about being able to pay your medical bills and cover your other financial costs.  It is highly advised that you or your loved one consults with an experienced RI ambulance accident attorney to help navigate the complex legal considerations and processes.  Our team of aggressive Rhode Island ambulance accident lawyers is ready to advocate for you and give you the best chance at winning full and fair compensation for your damages.


We stand ready to fight for the money you need and deserve.  Contact the experienced Rhode Island Ambulance Accident Attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. to find out how we can help.  Call to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation today.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 to take your call.

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Any motor vehicle accident is a traumatic experience for all involved, especially those involving ambulances or other emergency vehicles. The injuries that result take a lasting physical, emotional, and financial toll on the victim and their loved ones.  Boating injuries can be complex and having a skilled and aggressive Rhode Island ambulance injury lawyer by your side is vital to ensuring that you receive the full compensation that your claim deserves.  In many cases time is of the essence and your lawyer should begin working on your case by:

  • Securing evidence

  • Tracking down witnesses

  • Obtaining pertinent medical records

  • Contacting the insurance companies and establishing your claim



In situations in which seconds or milliseconds can be the difference between life or death, often times ambulances are instrumental in proving vital assistance and transporting critically injured persons to the nearest hospital.  Transporting critically injured persons to hospitals in a matter of minutes and seconds commonly means that ambulance drivers will weave through traffic, run stop signs and red lights, exceed posted speed limits, and engage in dangerous driving.


The unpredictable and aggressive driving maneuvers of ambulance drivers – and the reactions from the drivers that they share the road with – result in vulnerable situations for surrounding persons that often lead to accidents.  Unfortunately, and ironically, aggressive ambulance driving can actually cause additional injuries, rather than help those who were initially the focus of the ambulance call.


If you or a loved one has been injured in an ambulance accident, you are likely dealing with a variety of issues that make life more difficult.  In addition to the physical injuries, you may be dealing with a loss of income, mounting bills and medical expenses, and insurance companies. 


As such, an ambulance accident case can be complicated and should be handled by an experienced and skilled team of attorneys.  Obtaining local legal representation can give you the time you need to heal physically and emotionally while still ensuring that you will be able to receive just legal compensation for your losses.



So, you have been injured in an accident involving an ambulance and need an attorney to fight for you.  Here is what you should expect:

  • Your lawyer should see you in person, whether at the office, your home, or the hospital.

  • Gather evidence about the accident, how it happened, and who may be responsible.

  • Determine the party or parties who may be liable.

  • Figure out what your case is worth.

  • Negotiate with the other parties or their attorneys.

  • File a lawsuit if need be.

  • Build a case for settlement or trial, depending on your needs.


While car accident cases are relatively straightforward, determining liability in an ambulance accident can be a bit more complex.  There are often times multiple factors that lead up to an accident involving an ambulance and there can be multiple vehicles who share in liability for an accident.  Additionally, the very nature of what ambulances are designated and authorized to do can impact the outcome of a case.


Emergency vehicles such as ambulances are designated and authorized to respond to emergencies that are defined as “a situation that poses an immediate risk to health or life.” Ambulances are often large, heavy, and are equipped with lights and sirens that in theory help negotiate traffic and minimize travel time.


When responding to an emergency call, ambulance drivers are given a “code 3 running” option.  A “code 3 running” is defined as the use of warning lights and sirens, and drivers may be permitted to exceed speed limits and cross against stop signs and red lights.  However, the implementation of this policy varies, depending on the ambulance’s standard operating procedures and variations on state traffic laws and regulations.  Ambulance driving is also characterized by time pressure, stressful driving conditions, and multi-tasking activities, all of which may lead to distracted driving and ultimately ambulance accidents.


Navigating the complex issues that will arise out of an ambulance accident requires the expertise of an experienced ambulance accident attorney to handle your case properly.  This includes the handling of all communications with the ambulance company’s attorneys and/or the insurance companies, ensuring that the correct documents are filed properly and timely, and vigorously advocating in negotiations and/or litigation is necessary, to secure your full and fair compensation for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered.


Unlike car accidents, ambulance accidents occur less frequently (largely due to there are less of them on the road).  But similar to car accidents, there are instances in which preventable negligence can cause or contribute to ambulance accidents.  Some of the contributory causes of ambulance accidents fall into one of these common categories.

  • Ambulance Driver Negligence: Due to their roles in responding to and transporting injured persons to hospitals, ambulances are authorized to travel at excessive speeds, swerve in and out of traffic, and perform maneuvers that be traffic violations for ordinary motorists.  This, however, does not mean that ambulance drivers are exempt from taking reasonable safety precautions to avoid causing danger situations for others on the road or sidewalk.  Ambulance driver negligence that can cause accidents include:

    • Failure to activate emergency lights and/or sirens

    • Distracted driving

    • Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication

    • Driver fatigue

  • Other Driver Negligence: Passenger vehicle driver and commercial drivers can also cause ambulance accidents through their negligent actions including:

    • Failure to yield or pull over for ambulances that are operating with activated sirens and lights

    • Failure to abide by traffic laws (such as speeding, running stop signs, etc.) in the presence of an ambulance.

  • Ambulance Operator (Company) Negligence:  Companies that own and operate ambulances and employ ambulance drivers may be liable for ambulance accidents in situations where the ambulance operator:

    • Fails to properly train its ambulance drivers

    • Fails to service and maintain its ambulances

    • Employs or hires drivers with a history of traffic related convictions

  • Weather conditions:  New England is known for inclement and rapidly changing weather.  An ambulance driver attempting to drive through hazardous weather when it simply is not safe to do so may be liable in the event of an accident.


Like virtually every type of case, all ambulance accidents cases are different and there is a lot that goes into determining the value of a case and each case has its own particular facts and circumstances.  Depending on your case you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.


  • Medical expenses, including past, present, and future bills

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs

  • Lost wages, both from missed work and missed future earning potential

  • Household bills

  • Damage to your vehicle or property

  • Rental Vehicles

  • Transportation costs


  • Pain and suffering

  • Anxiety and post-traumatic stress (emotional distress)

  • Loss of companionship or consortium

  • Lifestyle impairment

In the most tragic cases ambulance accidents can result in death.  Of course there is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back or fill the void left by their absence.  Nevertheless, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our RI ambulance accident injury attorneys will fight for every dollar you deserve.  On these types of cases it is often helpful to work closely with expert witnesses to ensure that your injuries and damages are valued fully.  This extra effort makes sure that you recover all you are entitled to for your injuries.


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Ambulance accidents that involve passenger vehicles can be severe.  Two passenger vehicles colliding can certainly have devastating consequences, but a passenger car is simply no match for the size and power of an ambulance.  The damage from such an accident may be irreversible and last a lifetime, saddling you with current and future healthcare and life expenses.  The following are typical ambulance accident injuries:

  • Back and neck Injuries: Your back and neck are made up a of a matrix of bones, tissue, and ligaments when can be very sensitive and fragile.  Whiplash injuries, when the head and neck snap in a direction different from the body, are common in ambulance accidents.  These injuries can be difficult because the damage my not be apparent immediately following the accident.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal injuries can be devastating as they frequently result in permanent, irreparable injury.  This can include loss of motor function, or partial or complete paralysis below the waist, torso, or neck.  Spinal court injuries may require ongoing treatment, medical operations, therapy, and accommodations to your home or automobile.

  • Head and Brain Injuries:  This may be as simple as a bump on the head resulting in a minor concussion, or as severe as a life-altering traumatic brain injury.

  • Amputation or disfigurement: Frequently ambulance accidents result in someone being trapped or pinned in or under a vehicle for a period of time.  Sadly, this may result in the disabling for entire loss of a limb.  This can require the use of a prosthetic, plastic surgery, or a lifetime of physical therapy and care.

  • Cuts, Burns, Bruises, and Broken Bones:  With the speed and power of an ambulance accident there is always jagged metal, broken glass, pavement, and even the possibility of fuel combustion.  This can lead to all manner of cuts and burns ranging from the mild to severe.  While they may not seem as life altering as, say, a spinal cord injury, they can still require extensive recover and result in significant pain and suffering.

  • Death: Unfortunately, some ambulance accidents are so severe that people do not survive.  If your loved one died as a result of an ambulance accident, either immediately or after the fact, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit.  Of course there is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back or heal the pain of losing them, but there may be unpaid medical bills, funeral expenses, life expenses, and pain and suffering that needs to be accounted for and to which you may be entitled.


Contact the RI ambulance accident attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. if you or a loved one has suffered injuries after an ambulance accident in Rhode Island.  We can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.


According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Board (NHTSB), there are approximately 48,000 ambulances in use within the United States.  Data collected by the NHTSB shows that between 1992 and 2011, there were on average 4,500 crashes involving an ambulance.  Of the 4,500 crashes, 34% resulted in injuries and there were 33 fatalities per year.  Nearly 2/3rds of the fatalities that occur per year in ambulance accidents involved a death of the occupant of the other vehicle.


A recent study by the National Safety Council (NSC) highlighted that there is an increase in crash risk when ambulances operate with sirens and lights.  When an ambulance responds to an emergency call without using lights and sirens, the crash rate is 4.6 per 100,000 responses.  The crash rare increases to 5.5 when lights and sirens are used.  The increase in risk is even greater when the ambulance is transporting a victim.  In those situations, the crash risk increases to 7.0 per 100,000 transports when the ambulance operates without sirens and lights while transporting a victim and increases to 16.5 per 100,000 when lights and sirens are used throughout the transport.


This study infers there is a direct correlation between the use of sirens and lights by ambulance drivers resulting in accidents then when sirens and lights are not in use.  This correlation can be explained by inexperience of other drivers reacting to the sirens and lights or aggressive driving by the ambulance driver in maneuvering the vehicle. 


In either scenario, the inexperience of other motorists, or the distracted/aggressive driving of the ambulance operator can and often times leads to accidents and injuries for unsuspecting victims.  After an accident, you should have an experienced Rhode Island ambulance accident attorney to hold the negligent operator or operators liable for the injuries you or your loved one has sustained.


Were you partially at fault in the accident with the ambulance?  If so, don’t worry.  You are still entitled to a financial recovery as long as someone else also shares blame in causing the accident.  The amount of your recovery will be reduced by your proportional share in the fault.  Because of this, it is vitally important that you gather evidence that limits your responsibility in the accident.


Across the country thousands of people are injured every year in ambulance accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an ambulance accident you have the right to seek financial compensation.  The money you recover can help to cover expensive medical bills, make up for lost income while you recover from your injuries, and compensate you for the emotional stress of the accident and your injuries.


The local Rhode Island ambulance accident lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. understand that serious injuries from an ambulance accident can have serious and long-lasting consequences.  You have the legal right to seek compensation from the responsible parties and we can help to make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries.  Call our office at 401-228-8271 to schedule your free, no obligation ambulance accident case evaluation today with our RI ambulance accident attorneys.

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