Two City of Miami Fire Rescue vehicles were involved in a rollover crash recently that left seven firefighters and five civilians injured. The horrendous accident was caught on tape, and thankfully resulted in no fatalities. All victims were released soon after the rollover accident in Miami. Officials report that a grandmother and two children were in an ambulance on the way to Jackson Memorial Hospital when it was involved in a crash with a fire engine truck that was on its way to a fire. A third vehicle was also involved in the accident.
Camera footage shows the engine truck rolling over and the ambulance with front end damage. One child riding in the ambulance reported the windows breaking and the vehicle spinning. He received four stitches to the back of the head, but was discharged shortly from the hospital. At this time, it is not known what caused the accident and it is still under investigation.
Fire and Emergency Responder Accidents
Firefighters and emergency responders work hard each and every day to save lives. Unfortunately, at times, these vehicles can be involved in accidents that injure or kill emergency responders or civilians. Some of the most common personnel involved in accidents include:
- Firefighters and EMS: These workers are usually heading to the scene of the accident or fire and make their way through traffic with flashing light and loud sirens. Due to their high speeds, civilians may not see firefighters and EMS workers coming or could fail to get out of the way in time, causing accidents.
- Paramedics: These workers also rush to help injured victims across the country, placing themselves at considerable risks and at times causing accidents or becoming the victims of negligence on the part of other drivers.
- Police: Police officers will often need to use high speeds to chase down lawbreakers or get to the scene of an emergency situation. While flashing lights and sirens are intended to warn civilians, at times accidents still occur.
Fault for an accident between an emergency responder and a civilian motor vehicle will depend upon the facts of the accident. At times, accidents can be attributed to emergency drivers not using their flashing lights or siren. This could also be due to malfunctioning emergency notifications.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident with a firefighter, paramedic, EMS worker, or police officer, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will investigate the avenue to determine whether you have the right to recover. If you have a valid cause of action, you could be able to recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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