Last month in South Carolina, two firefighters were hospitalized after an accident involving a fire truck. They were in the middle of responding to an accident call on a bridge when, out of nowhere, a fire truck came onto the bridge and began to spin. The fire truck took out one vehicle on the bridge and the two firefighters. One firefighter was hit and did not sustain any broken bones, and the other had an ankle injury. Both were transported to the hospital. It was believed that the accident was caused by adverse weather conditions, as there was ice on the bridge.
Fire Truck-Related Accidents
We’ve all seen fire trucks racing down the highway when there is a fire that needs taken care of. But, because of the huge size of fire trucks, we sometimes forget that they can do a lot of damage when they are involved in an accident with another motor vehicle. Here are some of the causes of accidents involving fire trucks:
Speeding: Sometimes, speeding is necessary when an accident has occurred and lives are at stake. Fire trucks have a duty to respond to fire calls and have to make it as quick as possible, especially when lives are in danger or people are trapped. This means that fire truck drivers are permitted to drive over the speed limit, but this can sometimes cause accidents along the way.
Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Because fire truck drivers are permitted to drive quickly to get to where they need to be, they may miss certain rules of the road. For instance, truck drivers have been known to run stop signs or traffic lights when in a hurry. This is still negligence because they must always look out to see what is happening on the roads to protect other drivers.
The Right of Way: Emergency services are under the impression that others know to pull over and get out of the way as quickly as possible in the time of an emergency. However, drivers may not do so on all occasions, or do so unsafely, and this could lead to serious accidents.
Equipment-Related Accidents: Fire trucks have many different types of equipment, from ladders to hoses and water pipes. However, if these objects swing out of their compartments as a fire truck is speeding to its destination, this could also cause a serious accident.
Fire trucks can weigh anywhere between 28,000-50,000 pounds, which means that you are up against a huge vehicle when you are involved in a fire truck accident. When these vehicles collide with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, they can cause huge amounts of damages and injuries, as well as fatalities at times. Some of the most common injuries you may sustain in these accidents include airbag injuries, back and neck injuries, broken bones, loss of limb, nerve damage, whiplash, and more.
After an accident involving a fire truck, you should act quickly to retain your rights and compensate for your various injuries. At the Nye Law Group, we have experience in these cases and can help you every step of the way. Call us at our South Carolina office at 855-636-9277.