FOI: Notts medics crash on the job less than 100 times a year

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East Midlands ambulances suffered less than 500 motor accidents last year, new figures reveal.

A Freedom of Information request by the Advertiser reveals that vehicles owned by the service suffered 458 collisions over 2013-14.

With one pedestrian injured in the past 12 months people are reminded to be wary of our paramedics as they rush to manage life-and-death situations.

The Nottingham division had relatively few accidents - 80 in total.

Six accidents were while paramedics changed lanes and four while overtaking other drivers.

Phil Morris for EMAS said these statistics were testament to the skilled driving of the medics, who obviously work under stressful conditions.

He added: “It is obviously important to view these figures in context.

“You have to remember that we attend over 2,000 emergency calls every day.

“During the year in question, EMAS vehicles covered well over a million miles, the vast majority of which were undertaken travelling on “blues and twos” either to the scene of an incident or whilst rushing patients to hospital.

“This inevitably increases the likelihood of an accident happening through speed, poor weather conditions or the actions of other drivers.”

EMAS operates over 800 vehicles and responds to 2,000 emergency calls each day.

Ten ambulances hit third party vehicles and nine involved the paramedics being crashed into by other cars, pulling out into the road and reversing.

Insurance claims hit £1.1 million, half of which was spent on third parties.

The division did much better than Lincolnshire, where there were 112 accidents in total, including three animal injuries.

Mr Morris added: “This is probably down to them travelling longer distances and a poor road network.”