Statistics Regarding Emergency Vehicle Accidents in the U.S.

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Emergency vehicles are often required to speed or run traffic lights and signs. While drivers are meant to provide space for emergency vehicles, accidents can and still do happen every day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report in 2014 that provided statistics on ambulance accidents from 1992-2011. Furthermore, the NHTSA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have studied statistics on firetruck and police car accidents. These statistics highlight the significant risks emergency vehicle drivers face over the average driver.

The Facts on Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles


Approximately 6500 ambulance accidents occur in the United States every year. These accidents injure nearly 2600 and kill nearly 35 people on average. Additionally, 60% of these accidents occur during emergency use.

Medical responders are at a higher risk of crashes than other emergency first responders.

Police Cars

Compared to the general public, police have twice the risk of accident per million vehicles. Many of these are pursuit-related accidents, which cause over 300 deaths in the United States each year, or one death every day according to a 2012 police report. Of these fatalities, 30% are bystanders not at all involved in the pursuit.


Firetruck accidents are estimated to be the second leading cause of fatalities for firefighters on the job. From 2000 to 2009, there were approximately 31,600 firetruck accidents. 66% of these firetruck accidents and crashes were rollover accidents. Additionally, 70% of all firetruck accidents occur during emergency use.

Aggressive Representation for Accident Victims in Woodbridge, NJ

At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., we are passionate about helping our clients seek the highest amount of compensation available. If you have been injured in an emergency vehicle accident, we will discuss your options for pursuing a settlement. We understand you are going through a very difficult time and will handle the legal issues of your case so you can focus on healing. From start to finish, our Woodbridge car accident attorneys will prepare your case, answer your questions, and help you make informed legal decisions.

Contact our office today. Send us an email or call us at (732) 709-4400.

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