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Don't Panic when an Emergency Vehicle Approaches

We've all been there. You know an emergency vehicle is approaching because you hear the blaring siren. Your heart starts to race. You try to figure out where the vehicle is so you know whether you need to get out of the way.

Drivers are often flustered and panic when they hear or see an approaching emergency vehicle, and car accidents can result.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HEAR OR SEE AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE APPROACHING

  • Drivers must yield to emergency vehicles that have engaged their sirens or lights.
  • Drivers must pull over to the right side of the road, even if the emergency vehicle is not in their lane or on their side of the street.
  • Don't resume traveling until the emergency vehicle has passed you, and anticipate that there is more than one emergency vehicle.
  • If you are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle is approaching, get out of the intersection before you pull over to the right.
  • Anticipate that an emergency vehicle will act unpredictably. They don't have to obey stop signs or speed limits.
  • Never follow an emergency vehicle to the scene of an emergency, or you could be arrested.

Stay calm if you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching. If you get hit by a negligent driver trying to get out of the way of any emergency vehicle, call McGee, Lerer & Associates, Santa Monica personal injury lawyers, (800) 999-9948. We provide free consultations. An auto accident attorney is available to take your call 24/7.