Usually, when you hear ambulance blaring the siren, we all would give way to the ambulance as it is a matter of life and death for someone in the vehicle or someone waiting at a crash site, and although they might be in a hurry, they still have to wait till the others give way (which we will) before they can continue their journey.
Sadly, a Malaysian netizen got her Perodua Myvi rear-ended by an ambulance in Kuala Lumpur. As a result, the car’s rear windshield was smashed into pieces while the trunk and bumper were dented.
The victim, Xiao Hui, posted her encounter on Facebook to seek for advice after the ambulance driver blatantly shunned their responsibility and left her helpless.
“I saw the traffic light turn red, so I braked. When the car was stopping, I felt a massive force crashing into the back of my car.
“I only found out that an ambulance had rear-ended my car after two young men came to me.”
Shaken by the incident, the ambulance driver approached her and clarified with her,
“The ambulance driver told me that it was impossible for me to claim their insurance because they will tell the truth by saying that they’ve switched on the siren and was on the way to fetch the wounded.
“They only crashed into me because my car was blocking their way.”
What the heck? Just because other people are following the rules doesn’t mean that you can randomly ram into people like that!
“I don’t know why they would say something like this, but I strongly feel that I’m not at fault. The lights turned red and I should stop.
“You (ambulance) crashed into me at high speed and pushed my car along the road. If I was riding a motorcycle, I would’ve been dead by now.”
After the post went viral, furious netizens started pouring in their two cents.
“This is ridiculous! Just because she was in your way doesn’t mean you can crash into her! That would only lead to more casualties!”
Kuala Lumpur Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department Legal Affairs officer Deputy Superintendent Shafie Daud said:
“A lot of motorists think that if they collide with an ambulance, it would automatically be their fault, and that they are not able to claim insurance from the ambulance, but that’s not the truth.
“After the accident, motorists can still lodge a report and let the police look into it.”
He also added that an ambulance on duty should be cautious and must slow down when running a red light, crossing a junction and cornering.
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(Source: WOB / Sin Chew)