In Philadelphia, it is the law for vehicles to pull over to the right when drivers hear a siren or see an emergency vehicle approaching. This is so that emergency personnel can quickly pass by and get to the scene of an accident or other emergency as quickly as possible. However, just because police and ambulance drivers have the right of way, it does not mean that they are excused from engaging in reckless behavior.
This seems to be the case for a car accident that occurred in North Philadelphia recently. A minivan was traveling east on Dauphin Street at around 10:45 a.m. when a patrol car that was headed south on Reese Street ran a stop sign and collided with the minivan. The patrol car was following another cruiser through the intersection and barely slowed down before entering and slamming into the minivan that had the right of way.
People who lived nearby reported seeing other police officers running to check on the officer who was involved in the crash, but not one of them was seen rushing to see if the driver of the minivan was okay. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown.
The minivanâ€™s driver may be entitled to compensation for her pain and suffering, medical expenses and damage done to her vehicle, especially since police admitted that the officer caused the accident after he ran a stop light. She would be well advised to speak with an attorney about her case.
Source: ABC Action News, â€œPolice cruiser runs stop sign, collides with minivan,â€ David Henry, Apr. 1, 2014