It may seem hard to believe, but if you ever find yourself injured in an accident, the ride to the hospital in an ambulance may put you in even greater danger.
Just about every minute of every day they're out on the streets: lights flashing, sirens sounding, making their way to an accident scene, a fire, home or hospital...saving lives. But all too often the ambulance that saves lives sometimes costs lives.
Ambulances get into accidents more often than you might think. Every year nationwide these rescue vehicles are involved in 6,500 serious accidents resulting in more than 35 deaths. At least 10 people are seriously injured every day.
But now the clincher: despite these alarming numbers, there are no hard and fast federal safety standards for ambulances, in part because, unlike just about every car and truck sold in America, ambulances are not crash tested.
Ed Moser\Rural Metro: "it's a dangerous part of the job."