At any given time in your city or town there may be hundreds of government vehicles on the road. Government vehicles can be extremely dangerous because through the course of performing their job they may be required to travel at unsafe speeds, block traffic, drive very slowly along busy streets or interact with water lines, sewage lines and utility poles. All of this makes government vehicles some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road and when they are involved in an accident it is usually bad news for the other vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at these types of accidents.
Emergency vehicles are the most common type of vehicle that people think of when it comes to government vehicles on the road that can cause an accident. Emergency vehicles often have to travel a great deal faster than all of the other traffic, along highways and packed city streets, and they often have to weave in and out of traffic and disregard traffic laws in order to arrive at an emergency on time. But emergency vehicle operators are trained to handle this task without causing an accident. They are trained to arrive as quickly as possible at the emergency without causing an accident. However, this doesn’t always happen
Police vehicles and ambulances must drive quickly through city streets, but one of the biggest dangers on the road when it comes to emergency vehicles is the fire truck. Fire trucks are extremely long and difficult to operate. They often have to make extremely wide turns that can put other drivers at risk.
Unfortunately, government vehicle accidents are not just restricted to emergency vehicles. Other types of government vehicles like utility vehicles can cause accidents as well. Utility trucks, city buses, semi-trucks operated by government agencies and other large vehicles cause accidents on a daily basis and it can be difficult to get the government to pay in full for these accidents.
That’s why it is highly recommended to get a government vehicle accident lawyer if you are involved in an accident with an emergency vehicle or another type of government vehicle. You want to contact a government vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident to make sure that all filing deadlines may be met and that evidence can be collected before it is gone. An attorney can make sure the government pays you the money you deserve.