In the event of an accident with an emergency response vehicle in Indiana, determining liability becomes a vital part of any potential personal injury claim. These types of cases are uniquely complex since police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances are afforded certain privileges under the law. However, the immunity granted to emergency vehicle operators does not entirely absolve them from accountability and obtaining compensation for injuries and damages may still be possible under special circumstances.

When emergency vehicles are approaching, they have the right-of-way and other drivers owe them a duty of care. Under Indiana’s Move Over Law, a driver must yield for emergency vehicles when their lights and/or sirens are on. Drivers must also stop and remain in their position until the emergency vehicle has passed. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges against a driver, some of which may be severe if there is an accident with injuries or death.

If a driver can demonstrate that every effort was made to avoid an emergency vehicle but a collision still occurred, pursuing a personal injury claim may be an option. However, initiating legal action against a government entity in Indiana can be extremely challenging due to governmental immunity laws, which provides protection to government workers and entities from lawsuits. However, there are some exceptions and liability may still arise if it can be proven that a driver was acting outside the scope of their job duties or engaged in negligent behavior.

For these reasons, it is imperative to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide guidance based on the unique circumstances of your case.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident with a first responder or emergency response vehicle, contact Hurst Limontes to discuss your legal options. With over a century of combined experience advocating for clients in various personal injury claims, we operate on a contingency basis. This means there is no fee unless we secure a settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.

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