Three people were hospitalized early Monday morning, March 3, 2014, when an ambulance was struck by a car while responding to an accident on Northshore Parkway in Reservoir.
According to Resevoir Police, emergency crews attempted to assist an injured driver who had overturned on the guardrail of Northshore Parkway, around 1:15am Monday morning. As emergency responders cleared the scene and tended to the driver, another vehicle drove through the emergency road block, striking a vehicle and sending into the ambulance. All three drivers involved were rushed to the hospital with injuries. Their conditions have not been released.
Police noted the accident is a reminder for all drivers to heed the state's Move Over Law and implored the public, "Anytime you see lights, you need to slow and assess the situation. In this case, the entire road was blocked because of a major collision, and the driver apparently didn't yield. As a result, another collision occurred."
Attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating this horrific accident and question whether impairment or distraction were possible factors in the driver's failure to notice emergency crews and lane closures.
Why did the driver fail to notice the emergency caution lights and lane closures? Was the driver texting or engaged in other digital distractions at the time of the crash?
Was a blood test performed at the scene of the accident and, if so, did it reveal the driver was impaired by alcohol, drugs or medications?
Should the driver be found at fault for failing to move over and impaired or distracted driving, both victims may elect to hold him civilly liable for their injuries. Such substantial claims will call on all local drivers to stay alert, stop distracted driving and heed Move Over laws. As multiple parties are involved, insurance coverage will certainly be limited. Both victims should retain an experienced personal injury firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.
We pray for the swift recovery of all those injured in this crash. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of distracted and impaired drivers and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 888.842.1616.