Los Angeles, CA asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California

Q: Are emergence vehicle's allowable to brake the laws say for example running red lights

3 Lawyer Answers
Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Every case is unique and there is no way to answer your question without more facts. I have a current case where an ambulance ran a red light and collided with my clients vehicle and we are pursuing damages for our client. But having said that... I can't say whether you might have a case without delving into the matter more. You should sit down with a personal injury lawyer and discuss the facts. Good luck to you

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes. If the siren is sounding and at least one red lamp is on, you are required to yield the right of way. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=21806.&lawCode=VEH

Every case is different and whether you had adequate notice, or the ambulance is speeding or otherwise failing to use due care would depend on your particular circumstances.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed

an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens usually slows down at intersections with red lights and has right of away.

however, we have had cases where an ambulance, police or fire vehicle collided with our client's car and there were substantial injuries.

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