Comparison of Crashes Involving Ambulances With Those of Similar-Sized Vehicles

This article reports on a study undertaken to describe the characteristics and associated occupant injuries of motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) involving ambulances as compared with MVCs involving similar-sized vehicles. The authors analyzed MVC data in Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001, including crash demographics (location of crash, roadway conditions, and intersection type) and associated injuries. The authors identified 2,038 ambulance MVCs and 23,155 crashes involving similar-sized vehicles. Weather and road surface conditions were similar, but ambulance MVCs occurred with increased frequency on evenings and weekends. Ambulances were more likely to be involved in four-way intersection crashes, angled collisions, and collisions at traffic signals. More people were involved in ambulance MVCs, with 84% of ambulance MVCs involving three or more people and 33% involving five or more people. Injuries were reported in more ambulance MVCs. The authors conclude that further study is needed to determine whether additional EMS vehicle operator education, reduced operations with lights and sirens, intersection signaling devices, or other interventions are most effective at reducing these crashes at intersections and traffic signals.

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  • Authors:
    • Ray, Adam M
    • Kupas, Douglas F
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


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  • Accession Number: 01013505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2005 6:35AM