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Defending the Injured in New York

When you’re on the road, it can be difficult to miss a fire truck responding to an emergency. They’re big, red, and have their sirens and flashing lights on when they navigate traffic to reach their destination. However, fire truck accidents are still known to happen – on average, around 2,500 fire truck accidents occur in the U.S. each year, resulting in 1,100 injuries or deaths. Our fire truck accident attorneys in Brooklyn at Belushin Law Firm, P.C. have more than a decade of experience guiding injured clients through the claims process and can help you if you or someone you love has been injured due to negligence. Our team is prepared to handle your case and offers a free consultation so we can learn more about your injuries and the accident. Determining liability is a complex situation when fire trucks are involved, as a claim against a fire truck driver essentially translates to a claim against the local government. Our team is well-versed in local, state, and federal laws, particularly as they pertain to personal injury-related matters.

Contact us online or by phone today at (888) 918-9890 for a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys.

Common Causes of Fire Truck Accidents

Because fire trucks are often the largest vehicles on the road, they can cause more devastating accidents with their size and weight that result in serious injuries and sometimes death. Fire trucks are also known to speed, sometimes at 75 miles an hour or more, to respond to emergencies. And while drivers know they must pull over to the side of the road to allow fire trucks to pass, sometimes they may not always comply.

Common causes of accidents involving fire trucks include:

  • Failure to pull over: Other drivers that fail to pull over when a fire truck is behind them forces fire truck drivers to have to maneuver around them, often causing them to collide with nearby vehicles.
  • Slowing down or “rubbernecking”: Cars often slow down when passing emergency scenes to rubberneck, or look at the accident, which can not only cause traffic but result in accidents if a fire truck is trying to get to the scene.
  • Reckless driving: Like any other driver, fire truck drivers can behave in a way that is considered reckless, such as speeding around corners and failing to be aware of other driver when going through intersections.
  • Distracted driving: Fire truck drivers must be on high alert while navigating traffic to avoid colliding with other vehicles – distracted driving can prevent drivers from noticing hazards in time to swerve or slow down.
  • Fatigued driving: Firefighters are known for staying awake and working for longer shifts, and fatigued driving can cause drivers to be distracted or have a slower response time.
  • Lack of driver training: Drivers who are improperly trained may not know how to safely maneuver a large truck.

How We Determine Liability

Liability can be determined when a personal injury lawyer investigates the accident and learns what the fire truck was doing at the time of the accident. For instance, of the fire truck was responding to an emergency and had their sirens and lights on, it would be extremely difficult to hold them liable for damages. Generally, lawsuits filed against fire truck drivers are in fact filed against the local government.

It’s important to know that in some cases, local governments can be protected by sovereign immunity, which means that individuals can’t file lawsuits against them.

Millions Recovered for Clients Since 2002

If you were injured in a fire truck crash, you’re eligible to seek compensation for damages. Though the claim process can be complicated if it involves the local government, having our team on your side can make things simpler. Our attorneys can use our resources to gather the evidence we need to support your claim.

Over the last decade, we’ve been able to help countless injured clients heal from their injuries and move forward in their lives. We can help you pay medical bills that include ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgeries, and medications, as well as cover the expenses of lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Discuss your case with a passionate and professional fire truck accident attorney today at (888) 918-9890. We’ve successfully recovered millions in damages for clients since 2002.

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