Advancing Ambulance Safety

Protecting the health and safety of EMS practitioners and their patients

NHTSA’s Office of EMS has partnered with a number of organizations, Federal agencies and U.S. Department of Transportation offices to develop resources that help EMS agencies understand ambulance crashes, transport patients safely, report ambulance and equipment defects and build or buy safer ambulances.

Advance Ambulance Safety in States and Agencies

After studying nearly 20 years of data gather from investigations of fatal ambulance crashes, our team has developed presentations and other resources to show how proper use of restraints for both patients and providers has a significant impact on the outcome of ambulance crashes. View the resources below to find more information about ambulance safety and design, traffic incident management and crash investigations. You can also click here to see the results of recent investigations of ambulance crashes conducted by the NHTSA Special Crash Investigations program.

Report Ground Ambulance Defects

NHTSA Office of Defects Investigations collects complaints about ground ambulance vehicle and equipment defects to determine if a safety-related defect trend exists. If a defect is identified, ODI works with manufacturers and the industry to resolve the issue to help save lives. Learn More or File a Complaint

For more information about how NHTSA works with the EMS Community to investigate ambulance crashes and possible ambulance vehicle and equipment defects, watch this EMS Focus webinar.


Ground Ambulance & Crash Safety

Crash Statistics & Investigations

Ground Ambulance Design

Traffic & Roadside Safety