Car Driver InattentionEquipped with blaring sirens, brightly colored lights, and reflective decals, it seems hard to believe that ambulances are sometimes not seen by other motorists. KRS 189.930 states that:
(1) Upon the approach of an emergency vehicle equipped with, and operating, one or more flashing, rotating, or oscillating red or blue lights, visible under normal conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle; or the driver is given audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or bell, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection, and stop and remain in such position until the emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer or firefighter.
(2) Upon the approach of any emergency vehicle, operated in conformity with the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the operator of every vehicle shall immediately stop clear of any intersection and shall keep such position until the emergency vehicle has passed, unless directed otherwise by a police officer or firefighter.Common sense suggests that even if the sirens and lights are not on, the size of the average ambulance should help it get noticed in traffic and cause drivers to exercise more caution. Similarly, operating the ambulance with due regard for the safety of all people using the roads is required of the ambulance driver by law. If you have any questions about this topic, contact us by calling 606-437-4488 or filling out our online form for a free consultation. Whether you were riding in an ambulance, working on an ambulance, or involved in a wreck with one, we are here to discuss your unique situation.