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Fire Truck Accidents

The second leading cause of death for firefighters is motor vehicle accidents.  Over 25% of the Firefights killed in the line of duty, die from motor vehicle accidents. The over 30,000 fire truck accidents yearly have serve consequences for the fireman, his or her family and for society.

A Fire truck is a  very large  vehicle and because of the size and mass, most firefighters are not seriously injured in the most common crashes.

Nonetheless, because these trucks are so heavy, their center of gravity leads them especially susceptible to rollovers.

Firefighters sometimes forget to buckle their seat-belts, leaving them at high risk, especially if there is a rollover accident.

As can be seen above, depending on angle and speed, a fire truck can remain very stable or may rollover. Over 2/3 of Firefighter deaths in motor vehicle accidents come about as a result of a rollover.

Most fire truck accidents happen near intersections in the PM.Although fire fighters are injured and killed frequently in crashes, typically (75% of the time), it's the driver in the other vehicle who is killed or injured.

Every accident involving a fire truck is different. The causes of the accident could be various including:
  • Excessive Speed
  • Failure to checkout the vehicle safetywise before leaving the station
  • Fatigue
  • What's referred to as "siren syndrome"
  • Mistakes in backing a vehicleUnsafe Passsing
  • And many many more.
An experienced injury attorney who has handled fire truck accidents can help. Whether you need help for an injured firefighter or need help because you or a family member has been injured by a fire truck accident, I can help.

Call me today at 916.921.6400 in Sacramento.
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