Ambulance Rides After A Car Accident

Sometimes, after a serious car accident, you may not be able to get yourself to a hospital. You may need immediate, life-saving care from doctors and/ or paramedics. If that is the case, then you may need emergency services to get you the care you need to survive the car accident.  

What Types of Emergency Services Are There? 

There are 3 main types of emergency services: police, fire rescue, and emergency medical services. In the event of a serious car accident, you will most commonly encounter emergency medical services, although fire rescue may also be called depending on whether there is a fire hazard at the scene.  

What Are Emergency Medical Services? 

Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, are services that can provide pre-hospital care and treatment for serious injuries. They also provide transport to a place with more definitive care, like a hospital. In simple terms, think of EMS as a service that keeps you alive until you can get to a place where your injuries will be treated in-depth, and you can stay until you recover.  

What Emergency Medical Services Are There? 

The types of EMS that are available will vary on where you live. The most common type of emergency medical service is an ambulance. However, emergency helicopters (often called Life Flights) are usually available. In Maricopa County, the EMS is tied to the fire response service. Each fire engine is staffed with certified paramedics and EMT’s. Check out Maricopa County Government’s website for more information. In addition to fire engines, traditional ambulances and life flights are also available.  

Who Calls an Ambulance After A Car Accident? 

From here on out, let’s assume that all EMS services are called “Ambulances”, even though there are various forms of transportation available.  

There are many people who can call an ambulance after a car accident.  

  • If you or your passenger is uninjured, and sees that the other person is badly injured, you may call an ambulance for the other person.  
  • If police arrive at the scene and see that people in one or both vehicles are badly injured, then they may call an ambulance.  
  • If another car is uninvolved in an accident and sees the accident occur, then they may call an ambulance.  
  • If the driver or passenger in the other car sees that you or your passenger are injured, they may call an ambulance.  

What Do Paramedics Do At a Car Accident? 

Paramedics’ main job is to catalogue any injuries and treat those that are life-threatening. It is important that they check you at the scene, because the adrenaline rush may cause you to have delayed pain from your injuries. In other words, you may have injuries that you don’t even feel. Additionally, it is important to report any pain or symptoms that you may have to the paramedics. They will carefully log everything that you report, and this log may be used to get you compensation. For example, if both your left knee and your right wrist hurt after the accident, but you only report your left knee and it turns out your wrist is fractured, you may have a harder time getting compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company for your wrist.  

Should I Take An Ambulance After A Car Accident? 

First, it’s important to say that you may not have the option to take an ambulance – if your injuries are severe enough, you may be put into an ambulance regardless of your opinion on the matter. However, if you are injured but still conscious, a paramedic may ask if you want to take a ride to the hospital in an ambulance. If that is the case, some people may begin to think about costs, their car, or any number of other things. While it is not our place to tell you whether or not you should take an ambulance, it is important to put your health first. If the paramedics recommend you ride in an ambulance, or if you are injured at all, we recommend you ride in an ambulance. Your material possessions, like your car, can be sorted out once your injuries are tended to.  

When Should You Go to the ER After A Car Accident? 

Generally, if you refuse your ambulance, you should go to the ER as soon as possible after a car accident. Get to the ER as fast as possible, simply because you may have delayed pain and/or symptoms of a much more serious injury. The sooner you get to the ER, the sooner you can be treated, and the higher your chances of full recovery are. Of course, it goes without saying that if you take an ambulance to the ER, you will get there faster than if you decide to take yourself.  

Does Car Insurance Cover Ambulance Rides? 

In general, most car insurance will contribute to covering the costs of an ambulance. The types of coverage that generally apply are:  

  • Personal Injury Protection: If you live in a no-fault state, this will cover the cost of the ambulance no matter who is at fault. However, Arizona is a fault state, so whoever caused the accident will have their insurance pay for the damages.  
  • The Other Driver’s Liability Coverage: If the other driver caused the accident, then their liability coverage should cover your ambulance ride.  
  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage: If the at fault driver does not have car insurance, Arizona law requires a minimum of $15,000 in coverage for uninsured motorist coverage from your own insurance.  

It is important to note that different types of coverage can overlap with one another. For example, if the other driver has $10,000 in liability coverage, and you have $15,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, and you get into an accident with $15,000 worth of medical bills, the other driver will pay $10,000 and your uninsured motorist coverage will pay the other $5,000.  

Who Is Responsible for the Ambulance Bill in a Car Accident?  

If you are in a car accident that is not your fault, the other driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying your medical bills, including the ambulance bill. The other driver’s insurance, however, won’t pay for every single medical bill. Your option then is to get a settlement, which mean that you need to find lawyers to represent you in court in order for you to get a certain amount of money for any bills or injuries that you have sustained. It’s no secret that settlements can take a while, though, and doctors want to be paid right away.  

If this is the case, your health insurance should step in and pay. You should submit any doctor or ambulance bills to them so that they can either pay them or reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses.  

Learn More About Emergency Services 

If you want to learn more about emergency services in Maricopa County, check out these resources.  

Priority Ambulance 

Maricopa Ambulance 

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