Houston, TX- Firefighters are usually the ones that show up to an accident to help victims, but four firefighters became accident victims Tuesday when their engine collided with a cement truck in Dallas. The accident left four fire fighters and the cement truck with non-life threatening injuries.
Fire and Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told WFAA that Engine 24 was headed to a structure fire. It was just before noon and the fire truck has its lights on and sirens blaring. As the fire engine approached the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Hatcher Street, it struck a cement truck which has just pulled into its path.
The collision left four fighters with minor injuries, some of which will require stiches, but Evans told NBC that none of the firefighters suffered any broken bones.
The cement truck overturned and struck a pickup truck that was sitting at the red light. The passenger of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, but the cement truck driver refused treatment.
An investigation of this accident is still ongoing, but witnesses at the scene believe the driver of the cement truck is responsible. Arthur Pena told WFAA that the cement truck was waiting at the intersection to turn left and must have thought he could beat the fire truck.
Given the speed the fire truck was traveling, this accident could have been fatal or resulted in far more serious injuries. In fact truck accidents tend to be twice as deadly as car accidents, and victims or surviving family members need a Texas truck accident attorney fighting on their side.
Accidents, whether they involve passenger vehicles of large commercial trucks, a typically caused by driver error. On the case of this accident, witnesses say the cement truck driver failed to yield to the fire truck, but the list of driver behaviors, which can lead to a deadly or injurious accident, is endless. Driver error is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Texas. And according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is more likely to be the cause of an accident than mechanical failure or adverse road conditions.
There are three risky truck driver habits that can lead to a serious truck accident. Those habits are driving while fatigued, driving under the influence and speeding. Speed accounts for 23 percent of driver error truck accidents while fatigue accounts for 18 percent.
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, you are probably traumatize and don’t know where to turn. You know you are going to be hit with expensive medical bills and repair costs, but don’t know where the money for those costs is going to come from. When you retain a truck accident attorney practicing in Texas, you no longer have to worry about how you are going to pay your bills. Your legal counsel will so what it takes to ensure that you are not only compensated for your injuries but also for your emotional distress.