Whether in Florida or some other state, those who choose to drink and drive put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. People who get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol can cause accidents with potentially fatal results. Thankfully, two EMTs suffered only minor injuries after the ambulance they were in was hit by a drunk driver.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 4 p.m. on March 27. The crash happened in Okaloosa County at the intersection of Antioch Road and U.S. Highway 90. Apparently, an SUV driven by a 45-year-old man collided with the ambulance, but the report did not specify whether the SUV driver failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection or struck the ambulance in some other fashion.
Regardless, the SUV driver, a man from Alabama, was taken into custody under suspicion of DUI. Reportedly, the crash caused major damage to the man’s SUV but only minor damage to the ambulance. Each of the ambulance’s occupants, a 57-year-old female driver and a 32-year-old female passenger, suffered minor injuries in the crash. The SUV driver was charged with careless driving and DUI and was released on a $500 bond.
Right to compensation
Although the occupants of the ambulance reportedly suffered only minor injuries, they were still taken to a local medical center in Florida for evaluation and treatment. Sometimes, traumatic brain injuries and other maladies can manifest long after an accident. As such, each of the ambulance occupants will want to keep an eye on any adverse symptoms and seek medical care immediately. They may also elect to pursue personal injury claims against the SUV driver and anyone else who has ownership interest in his vehicle in order to recover any damages associated with the accident.