Statistics on Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles in the U.S.

Accidents involving emergency vehicles, such as police cars, ambulances, and firetrucks, are an increasing concern in the United States. These vehicles often travel at fast speeds and run red lights or stop signs to reach their destinations quickly, which could cause an accident. Several studies have been performed to determine the number of fatalities from emergency vehicle crashes in the United States each year.

What the Research Shows

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have estimated that firetruck accidents are the second leading cause of death for firefighters on the job. Furthermore, a police vehicle report released in 2012 found that someone is killed in a pursuit-related crash every day in the U.S. North-Western National performed a study of 466 ambulance accidents, and the NHTSA also conducted research on the number of ambulance accidents in the U.S. from 1992-2011. Here are some key points of the studies:

  1. Emergency medical responders are at more risk of a crash than other first responders
  2. There are around 6,500 ambulance accidents each year in the U.S.
  3. Nearly 60% of ambulance accidents and 70% of firetruck accidents happen while in emergency use
  4. Rollovers account for more than 66% of firetruck accidents each year
  5. There are nearly 300 fatalities from pursuit-related accidents in the U.S. annually
  6. Police officers are at double the risk of a crash per million vehicles driven as the general public

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