Remember to yield for emergency vehicles – someone’s life may be at stake.

Car accidents can result in serious injury and death. In many cases, ambulances and other emergency vehicles are the first responders to the scenes of car accidents. The men and women operating these emergency vehicles and responding to injuries at the scene of car accidents have undertaken a brave and noble cause – to save lives.

Far too often, vehicles fail to appropriately yield to emergency vehicles which are responding to the scene of an accident or transporting an injured victim to a hospital. It is important that we keep in mind that the duty for drivers to yield to these emergency vehicles is not optional. Florida law provides the following:

When an authorized emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked or a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe:

1. Shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker when driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle or wrecker, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed as provided in subparagraph 2.

2. Shall slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at 5 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, when driving on a two-lane road, except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

Section 316.126(b)(1)-(2), Florida Statutes.

Every day, drivers on our roadways are violating this law.  We need to take it upon ourselves to provide for the safe and efficient travel of emergency vehicles responding to accident scenes and transporting injured victims. Impeding  the progress and mission of an emergency vehicle is not only a traffic infraction, but, more importantly, interferes with the well-being of fellow citizens who are aboard these emergency vehicles.

Please yield to emergency vehicles and the crews that operate those vehicles. Someone’s life may be at stake. Perhaps yours one day. Perhaps one of your loved ones.

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 55 years. Contact us today!


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