Statistics show that during last year alone, nearly 1,100 people were injured or killed as a result of fire truck accidents.
Additional statistics show that 2,500 fire truck accidents happen each year due to ignorant or negligent individuals failing to yield the right of way to fire trucks. Due to the large size differential of these fire trucks to the typical passenger vehicle, serious damages and injuries usually occur. Of course, this all depends on the speed and type of impact of the collision.
At Greg Coleman Law, our attorneys believe that if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a fire truck, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages including; pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical expenses, and property damage.
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Common Causes of Fire Truck Accidents
As previously mentioned, most fire truck accidents occur due to ignorant or negligent individuals failing to yield the right of way. Of course, in other instances, accidents may be caused by fire truck drivers that are dealing with time constraints which cause them to operate the truck in a negligent manner, such as speeding to their destination.
Some common causes of fire truck accidents include:
- Broke the Rules Fire truck drivers have a separate set of rules they must follow, however these rules are sometimes broken while responding to an emergency. When these rules are broken, accidents may happen.
- Equipment Firefighters are expected to assemble all equipment in a hurry in order to put out a fire, thus, many injuries have resulted from such actions.
- Failure to the Yield Right of Way Many times, fire truck drivers assume other drivers will yield the right of way when their signals have been activated; however some drivers ignore these signals resulting in an accident.
- Speeding - While firefighters are rushing to the scene of an accident, this often caused them to speed. When fire trucks speed they have a decreased mobility due to their large size and complex bodies, which will many times cause accidents to occur.
As a result of these collisions, they have led to become the second leading cause of death to firefighters. Unfortunately, their passion for saving the lives of helpless individuals may turn into an unavoidable collision with an innocent individual. Therefore, we advise that all individuals pay attention for all emergency vehicles and always yield the right of way to these vehicles.
Common Fire Truck Accident Injuries
A fully loaded fire truck can weight anywhere from 28,000 to 50,000 pounds, whereas the average weight of a typical automobile is 4,000 pounds. When a collision occurs between these two vehicles they will often cause serious injuries or death along with totaling the passenger vehicle.
Some common fire truck injuries include:
- Concussion injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Wrist injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Dental injuries
- Nerve damage
- Seat belt injuries
If you have been injured as a result of a collision with a fire truck, we highly advise that you seek immediate medical attention. Also, these documents can be used by our attorneys to formulate an effective case against the negligent driver who caused the accident.
Contact an Experienced Fire Truck Accident Attorney
At Greg Coleman Law, our slogan is Justice for You, because we believe all individuals deserve the right to seek justice in the court of law, due to the negligent actions of another individual. Our attorneys believe that when a negligent individual causes harm to an innocent victim, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation in the court of law.
With our primary office located in Knoxville, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Tennessee.
Some locations we serve include:
To obtain more information on how our truck accident attorneys can help you during your time of need, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we invite you to contact our office at 865-247-0080 where a helpful member of our intake staff will gather information from your accident and connect you with one of our experienced attorneys ready to handle your specific case.
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