The United States Fire Administration as stated that an average of 100 firefighters are killed and 100,0000 firefighters become injured each year due to multiple causes including auto accidents, over physical exertion, and other medical conditions.
While 2,500 fire truck accidents occur each year due to individuals neglecting to yield the right of way of these large vehicles. As a result, there are typically serious damages, injuries, and even death to anything in the path of these vehicles. This is typically attributed to the great size difference between the typical passenger vehicle and a fire truck.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a fire truck, the victim of the accident could be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. Our lawyers advise all accident injury victims to seek the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible following an accident.
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Causes of a Fire Truck Accident
In most cases, fire truck accidents occur due to a negligent individual failing to yield the right of way of a fire truck. In addition, the accidents may be caused by the fire truck driver due to their time constraints causing them to operate the vehicle in a negligent manner. It is common for fire trucks to operate in a variety of conditions, as they are called upon in emergencies which may be located in any possible location. Thus, there are many possible causes of fire truck accidents.
The most common causes of a fire truck accident include:
- Did not follow rules – Most individuals may not know that fire truck drivers have a separate set of rules they are required to follow while responding to emergencies. However, these rules are often broken in order to make it to the scene of the emergency, thus causing an accident.
- Speeding – As we can imagine; fire truck drivers are in a hurry to respond to an emergency as quickly and efficiently as possible. This often times results in crashes due to an increase in speed and decreased mobility of these large vehicles.
- Fail to Yield Right of Way – Typically, fire truck drivers assume that individuals will yield the right of way to a fire truck with its emergency signals activated, however some drivers continue to ignore these signals, thus resulting in a collision.
- Equipment – Firefighters are expected to assemble their equipment as fast and efficient as possible, which can often lead to an improper setup of a certain piece of equipment. This failure to properly setup equipment has become the most recent form of injury caused by firefighters.
Statistics show that the second leading cause of death for firefighters is when they are involved in an vehicle collision. This is unfortunate due to their passion for helping individuals; however, sometimes there is only so much a fire truck driver can do to avoid a collision with another vehicle. It is advised to maintain attention while driving and be on the lookout for emergency vehicles such as fire trucks.
Type of Fire Truck Accident Injuries
The average fire truck will typically outweigh a normal passenger vehicle, which will often result in more severe injuries and possible death to those involved in the accident. Many different types of injuries have been associated with fire truck accidents, and it is recommended to seek medical attention following any type of accident.
Common fire truck collision injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion injuries
- Herniated discs
- Rib and torso injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Burns injuries
- Dental injuries
- Nerve damage
- Seat belt injuries
- Whiplash injuries
After seeking medical attention for your injuries, which documents of injury can be used in court, it is important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney and begin exploring your legal options.
Need Help? Contact A Fire Truck Accident Attorney
At Citrin Law Firm, our slogan is “Attorneys Helping People”. This is because our attorneys believe that an injury which was caused by the negligent action of another individual should hold that individual accountable for the losses and damages they have caused, no matter what their status. Our lawyers will work tirelessly for our clients to seek the justice they deserve in the court of law.
With our main headquarter in Mobile; we are licensed to serve the entire state of Alabama.
Some locations we serve include:
- Forest Park
- Pine Grove
For additional information on how our auto accident lawyers can help secure justice for you in the court of law, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we encourage you to contact us at 251-888-8888 to speak with a member of our intake team. This staff member will then connect you with one of our helpful attorneys qualified to represent your specific case.
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