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Bright lights, big city emergency

In October 2017, the NSW Court of Appeal upheld a District Court ruling for the defendant in respect of liability arising out of a motor vehicle collision involving an ambulance that had entered an intersection on a red light when responding to an emergency.

In both the primary and appeal decisions, the ambulance driver was held to have acted as a reasonable person would in the circumstances, weighing up competing priorities such as social utility and the risk of harm pursuant to section 5B of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).

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