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Maryland State Trooper Crashes into Ambulance – 3 Injured
Posted on April 20, 2018
It’s not common for police cars and ambulances to collide with each other, but since these types of vehicles typically travel at high speeds to reach a destination quickly, the results of such an accident can be serious. An ambulance and Maryland State trooper vehicle recently collided in St. Mary’s County, injuring three people.
The accident happened on the afternoon of March 13. The female patrol officer was operating a marked vehicle on Rt. 235 at Rescue Lane in Hollywood. She had emergency lighting on as she traveled south. As she was driving, an ambulance from the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad pulled out in front of her. The officer could not stop in time and the patrol vehicle and ambulance collided.
The officer suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The two occupants of the ambulance—a 63-year-old driver and 67-year-old passenger—were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.
At this time, the ambulance driver is considered at fault for the accident. Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
Determining Liability by Location of Vehicle Damage
The extent of the vehicle damage was not mentioned in this case. However, as a general rule, if your vehicle is hit by another vehicle, you can use the location of your car’s damage as evidence of liability.
For example, in this case, the officer was going straight while the ambulance driver was turning. If the police car suffered damage to the side, then the ambulance was turning straight into the police car, causing a T-bone accident. However, if the police officer had rear-ended the ambulance, then the officer would most likely be at fault. This is because the ambulance would have finished completing the turn by then, and rear-end accidents are often caused by vehicles following too closely.
Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Even police officers and emergency crews—those who are supposed to help others involved in a crash—can become involved in crashes of their own. In many cases, those involved can become seriously injured.
No matter your occupation, if you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should take the appropriate steps to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions. Contact The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC to learn about your legal options following an accident. Call our office today at (240) 766-8085.