A 2018 report by a leading group of trial lawyers shows that accidents involving emergency vehicles—such as fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars—are a substantial problem in the United States.
Vehicle fatality rates for emergency responders are estimated to be up to 4.8 times higher than the national average. Because emergency vehicles are traveling at higher speeds to reach crisis situations, accidents often result in severe injury or death.
There are an estimated 6,500 accidents involving ambulances each year. 35% of crashes resulted in injury or fatality to at least 1 occupant of a vehicle involved.
When injuries occur, there are, on average, three unique injuries per accident. On average, 29 fatal ambulance accidents produce 33 fatalities each year.