Many Utah Car Accident Victims Refuse An Ambulance
KSL News reported that many Utah car accident victims are refusing to take the ambulance to the hospital after car accidents. Last year alone, about 2,600 people in the Salt Lake Valley declined an ambulance ride, instead driving themselves to medical care facilities. Authorities attribute this to the cost of ambulance trips, ranging between $800 and $1200.
While it seems common sense for someone suffering a few bumps and bruises to decline the ride, some people with traumatic injuries are opting out as well. Regardless of the seriousness of an injury, paramedics have no choice but to leave if a victim refuses an ambulance.
However, in Utah every automobile is required to have PIP Insurance which automatically has atleast $3,000 available for medical expenses resulting from a car accident, no matter who's at fault for the accident. Therefore, if emergency personnel feel you should be transported by ambulance, do not decline for fear of payment. Earlier this year a Utah woman refused life-flight transportation and instead took ground transportation by ambulance, but died on the way to the hospital. If she would have been transported by life-flight, she may still be alive today.