Motor Vehicle

Lights, Sirens, Action – Emergency Vehicles and Road Accidents

Emergency vehicles commonly respond to car accidents on Queensland highways and busy roads.

If you’re on the road and an emergency vehicle (Ambulance, Police Car, Fire Truck) flashes its lights and sounds at alarm, you must move out of the vehicle’s path as soon as it is possible to do so safely.

Precautions you can take to avoid car accidents

To avoid danger, and possibly causing further car accidents in these situations it is important to take a number of precautions:

  • Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, using your eyes and ears to detect sirens or flashing lights.
  • If you see a car accident, or traffic slowing unusually in response to a car accident, slow down your vehicle to a safe speed. It is important not to break the law by speeding out of the way of an emergency vehicle.
  • When you see lights and sirens, ensure that you move your vehicle as far as safely possible over to clear a way for the emergency vehicle, ensuring that you indicate and signal as you do so.

Actions to avoid around emergency vehicles

Whilst emergency vehicles can often appear suddenly and create high-stress environments for drivers, there are several actions that motorists should not take as they may lead to dangerous situations and further car accidents:

  • Slamming on brakes or suddenly moving your vehicle in response to lights and sirens.
  • Not slowing down and simply attempting to change lanes in variable traffic conditions.
  • Rubber necking – looking for the car accident, rather than staying alert to surroundings.

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

At Claimwise our mission is to help you save money on your legal fees. By starting your CTP claim with a traditional ‘No Win, No Fee’ law firm your legal fees can end up being $10,000 or more higher than by using us.

If you or someone you know have been injured on the road in Queensland and want to keep your legal costs down, feel free to get in touch with us.

Be smart, claim wise.

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