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Ambulance & EMS Trucks accidents attorneys in California

According to the California Ambulance Association (CAA), there are 715 total public and private ambulance services statewide, including 170 private-sector ambulance services and 3,600 licensed ambulances. The state has 337 emergency ambulance service areas (referred to as ambulance zones), and over 220 are served by private ambulance companies.

California has 33 local EMS agencies (LEMSAs) that have authority over the day-to-day operation of emergency medical services (EMS). Most ambulances and EMS trucks are usually in a hurry to either pick up a person needing medical attention or delivering such a person to a hospital, and it is not uncommon for ambulances and EMS trucks to be involved in motor vehicle accidents while they are attempting to do either.

California Ambulance & EMS Truck Accident Attorney

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an ambulance or EMS truck accident in California, you need to understand that you may have a possible legal claim against a governmental entity. This can dramatically shorten your statute of limitations, so it is critical that you find legal representation as quickly as possible.

The May Firm has years of experience handling all kinds of ambulance and EMS truck accidents. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to have our firm help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.

Ambulance & EMS Services in California

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) identifies all of the following as LEMSAs:

  • Alameda County EMS Agency
  • Central California EMS Agency
  • Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
  • Contra Costa County EMS Agency
  • El Dorado County EMS Agency
  • Imperial County EMS Agency
  • Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency
  • Kern County EMS Agency
  • Los Angeles County EMS Agency
  • Marin County EMS Agency
  • Merced County EMS Agency
  • Monterey County EMS Agency
  • Mountain-Valley EMS Agency
  • Napa County EMS Agency
  • North Coast EMS Agency
  • Northern California EMS Agency
  • Orange County EMS Agency
  • Riverside County EMS Agency
  • Sacramento County EMS Agency
  • San Benito County EMS Agency
  • San Diego County EMS Agency
  • San Francisco County EMS Agency
  • San Joaquin County EMS Agency
  • San Luis Obispo County EMS Agency
  • San Mateo County EMS Agency
  • Santa Barbara County EMS Agency
  • Santa Clara County EMS Agency
  • Santa Cruz County EMS Agency
  • Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency
  • Solano County EMS Agency
  • Tuolumne County EMS Agency
  • Ventura County EMS Agency
  • Yolo County EMS Agency

Of the agencies listed above, Central California EMS Agency, Coastal Valleys EMS Agency, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency, Mountain-Valley EMS Agency, Napa County EMS Agency, North Coast EMS Agency, Northern California EMS Agency, and Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency are regional agencies.

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Causes of Ambulance & EMS Truck Accidents

Ambulances and EMS trucks are often trying to get through traffic congestion in California in a lawful manner, but many accidents will stem from the ambulances or EMS trucks making sudden moves that come as a surprise to other drivers. Disputes about liability can be very common in ambulance and EMS truck crashes.

Some of most common causes of these accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Inclement weather
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Driver fatigue
  • Brake failure
  • Mechanical defects
  • Unsecured loads
  • Overloaded trailers

You will notice that not all of these causes are necessarily driver related. It is also entirely possible that an accident could stem from the negligence of another driver.

The May Firm will perform an independent investigation of your crash to determine the exact cause of the collision, and we will also seek out all possible evidence that could be used in your case against the negligent party or parties. At the scene of a crash, you can preserve evidence of your own by using the camera on your cell phone (or an actual camera, if you have one) to take pictures of everything involved in the scene of the accident.

Get photographs of the vehicles, people, and other notable factors, and take pictures from lots of different angles and distances. You will never be told that you took too many pictures.

Types of Ambulance & EMS Truck Accident Injuries

Ambulances and EMS truck crashes can clearly injure occupants of other vehicles involved in the accidents, but another type of victim could also be the occupant of the ambulance who was being transported. In such cases, the ambulance driver has an obligation to transport such passengers safely to their destinations and collisions could very well result in the patient not receiving necessary care.

Such a patient or possibly even the occupant of another vehicle can die because of their involvement in these crashes. When a person is killed in any ambulance or EMS truck accident, that person’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages such as funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and loss of consortium.

Nonfatal injuries can also be extremely serious and require several weeks, months, or even years of follow-up care. Some of the most frequent injuries people may sustain include, but are not limited to:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Paralysis

People who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in these kinds of accidents often expect insurance companies for the ambulances of EMS trucks to provide complete coverage of all bills they incur because of the crashes. While an agent for an insurer may contact you and express a willingness to make sure you are taken care of, do not be fooled into trusting the insurance company.

Never provide any recorded statement to a claims adjuster without legal representation. Insurance companies want to settle your case for as little as possible, but the May Firm can fight to make sure you get a fair and full settlement or we will take your case to court.

Contact a Ambulance & EMS Truck Accident Lawyer in California

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in an ambulance or EMS truck accident in California? You should not wait to speak to an attorney about how to recover all of the compensation you need and deserve.

The May Firm has seven offices in California, including locations in San Luis Obispo, Chula Vista, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Fresno, Long Beach, and Santa Maria. Get your own free consultation as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online today.

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