It is hard to miss a big red fire truck with its horn blowing and its lights on, however, an average of around 2,500 fire truck accidents occur every year in the United States, resulting in 1,100 injuries or deaths. Although these fire truck drivers are doing society a great service, sometimes problems arise when individuals fail to get out of the way of these speeding vehicles causing an accident.
As we can imagine, a fire truck speeding down the highway or operating on a city road may cause serious damages, sometimes resulting in injury or death. With their large size and physical dynamics, the number of fire truck accidents are increasing every year.
Lewis & Keller maintain vast knowledge and experience in fire truck accident litigation. As the complexities and details inherent in fire truck crash regulations and laws are very specific, it is important for those who have been involved in fire truck collisions to contact a professional legal team. Our North Carolina fire truck accident lawyers are prepared to take your case today.
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Causes of Fire Truck Accidents
Fire truck drivers are often in a hurry to put out a fire and save the lives of individuals stuck in homes and buildings, among other things. As such, these drivers are often pressured to make good timing in order to save the home and life of these individuals. Unfortunately, negligent driving habits often arise when these drivers attempt to hurry to their destination too quickly.
In addition, when a fire truck is traveling in close proximity to other vehicles on congested streets, it significantly increases the chances for potential crashes. While the fault is typically on the motorist who does not react appropriately to the passing fire truck, there are also many other situations in which an accident may occur.
Some of the reasons for fire truck accidents include:
- Speeding – Many times speeding is required to save people’s lives and burning homes, resulting in fire truck drivers responding to emergency calls and rushing to their destinations. Many times any sort of delay could result in a life or death situation or a home burning to the ground. Thus, resulting in an automobile accident.
- Don’t follow rules – Fire truck drivers have a specific set of rules they are required to follow including driving at speeds fit for emergency circumstances. However, following certain rules such as stopping at traffic signals and stop signs are still required, yet often ignored, resulting in an act of negligent driving.
- Right of Way – Fire truck drivers typically assume that everyone understands their emergency requirements and will allow them to pass, however, some drivers fail to get out of the way as they are expected, resulting in an accident.
- Equipment – Due to the wide variety of equipment and small time frame to prepare, failure to properly secure ladders and hoses has become a common form of fire truck accidents.
The United States Fire Administration, who is responsible for overseeing the safety of the industry, reported that motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of death for firefighters. Unfortunately, there is not much a fire truck driver can do to avoid a crash, as collisions are commonly due to the fault of the passenger vehicle driver. As North Carolina residence, we must acknowledge these fire trucks and get out of the way to let them pass.
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Contact An Experience North Carolina Trucking Accident Lawyer
Improving the safety of North Carolinas roadways has been on the forefront of Lewis & Keller goals. We believe that our role in the North Carolina community will help to shed light on the increasing number of automobile accidents that occur each year. When it comes to fire truck safety, it is necessary for all residents to understand how to behave in the presence of a passing fire truck.
All drivers are advised to pull over, stop their vehicles, and wait for the fire truck to pass before resuming their driving. Adhering to these safety laws can be the difference between life and death, and also someone’s home burning to the ground.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a fire truck accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any lost wages, property damage, or pain and suffering. At Lewis & Keller, we are one of North Carolina’s leading personal injury law firms and will provide you with the legal assistance for an injury that you received from a collision in North Carolina. Contact our office at 866-299-1769 to speak with a member of our intake team.
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