First Responder Vehicle Crashes Higher Than the National Average

Accidents involving emergency vehicles—such as fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars—are a substantial problem in the United States.

According to a recent report, vehicle fatality rates for emergency responders are estimated to be up to 4.8 times higher than the national average.

According to data from the NHTSA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA), firetruck accidents are the second leading cause of on-the-job deaths for firefighters.

Because emergency vehicles are traveling at higher speeds to reach crisis situations, accidents often result in severe injury or death.