Several People Injured After Stolen Ambulance Involved In San Marino Car Accident During Police Pursuit
SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA (January 1, 2024) – Multiple people were injured in a San Marino car accident involving an ambulance after an emergency call on the 700 block of Sunset in San Gabriel.
San Gabriel paramedics were responding to an emergency call. At some point after they parked, a homeless person allegedly stole the ambulance.
Police officers located the ambulance and attempted to pull it over. But the driver refused to pull over and collided with multiple vehicles until crashing on Cantebury Road in San Marino.
The driver of the ambulance has since been arrested. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For San Marino Ambulance Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in accidents with emergency vehicles every year. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2021, 198 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles. The majority of these deaths were occupants of non-emergency vehicles (56%). Deaths among pedestrians accounted for another 25%, while emergency vehicle drivers represented 15% and emergency vehicle passengers accounted for about 3% of the deaths.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to any accident involving an emergency vehicle.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 22350, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to slow down to avoid a collision, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. The company or city that owned an ambulance could also be liable for a collision if their vehicle was stolen.
Generally speaking, corporations are not liable for the wrongful acts of the people that steal their vehicles. But their are exceptions to this rule. A vehicle owner may be liable for an accident cause by a thief if “special circumstances” exist. See, for example, Carrera v. Maurice J. Sopp & Son. Liability may occur depending on the forseeability of the theft prior to the collision. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any ambulance accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The police report related to the accident should be examined.
Accident victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after a collision. People tend to be filled with adrenaline after a crash and this can mask many of the pains and injuries associated with an accident. It is important for accident victims to understand that they do have rights. Any person that is injured in an ambulance accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating Los Angeles County Ambulance Accidents
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this collision. It is our sincere hope that everyone will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles County ambulance accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.