Most states have laws regarding when the driver or operator of a motor vehicle must yield the right of way to another vehicle. These can vary from state to state and depending on what types of vehicles are involved. For example, motor vehicles in Florida must typically always yield the right of way to bicyclists and pedestrians. They must also yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens activated. This can mean that the driver must pull over to the right and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed or allow the emergency vehicle to pass before making a turn which would cause the vehicle to cross the emergency vehicle’s path. This is also sometimes referred to as the Move Over Act under Florida law.
News Channel 8 reports that a Tampa ambulance was involved in a wreck that sent three people to the hospital.
The crash occurred on Wednesday night on Martin Luther King Boulevard and involved a Tampa Fire Rescue ambulance.
The Tampa Police Department reported that the ambulance was heading eastbound on MLK Boulevard. An SUV traveling westbound on MLK Boulevard attempted to turn left onto Florida Avenue into the path of the ambulance. The ambulance crashed into the SUV.
The SUV was occupied by the adult male driver, an adult female passenger, and an infant. It rolled over due to the force of the impact. All three were properly restrained.
The ambulance was not responding to an emergency call at the time.
No one in the ambulance was injured. All three occupants of the SUV were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.