It was 7:30 a.m. when a Mobile County firefighter was dispatched to Lott Road near Jack Williams Road where an accident had transpired involving three vehicles. The damage and injuries were reported as minor, however, the degree of the accident escalated when the first responder arrived. According to Fox 10 News, only five minutes had passed when the firefighter arrived on scene, parking his truck at an angle to protect the firefighters and the patients in the vehicles as they addressed the wreck. Unfortunately, this caused yet another accident to occur.
In a statement provided by Semmes Fire Chief Kevin Brooks, we learn that one vehicle hit the front bumper of the firetruck and the vehicle traveling behind them and also hit the front bumper. The two vehicles were carrying a total of five passengers all of which sustained some sort of minor injury. They were transported to Providence Hospital where care was rendered.
According to Brooks, although the firetruck was positioned in a manner that did contribute to another accident occurring, it was parked that way for a specific reason and the firefighter did exactly what he was supposed to do. Neighbors commented on the incident saying that the sound of the collision is what brought them out of their homes. One homeowner said the accident nearly “rocked the house.”
How often do accidents occur involving firetrucks?
While first responders such as police, EMTs, and firefighters are dispatched to the scene of accidents to help those who may have suffered an injury, sometimes, they too suffer from the accident as they can become involved as well. According to the National Institute of Health, “motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for on-duty firefighters.” Firetruck crashes occur at an approximate rate of 30,000 per year, which ultimately affects the firefighter and the surrounding community.
We see from this particular accident that the mere position of the firetruck is what led to the two vehicles crashing into it yet that is the procedure this firefighter was expected to follow. And unfortunately, five other individuals who had no involvement in the initial accident, suffered from an injury that could have been prevented had the firetruck parked a different way. While everyone was lucky enough to walk away from this truck accident, not always do these accidents turn out this way. Many victims of truck accidents have brought their claims to a Mobile, AL truck accident lawyer looking for assistance as the crash left them disabled and/or suffering with a severe injury.
If you or someone you know was involved in a truck accident in Mobile, Alabama, whether it was with a firetruck, garbage truck, or even commercial truck, you may be entitled to collect compensation that can cover the cost of your medical bills. Accidents involving these large vehicles often result in serious property damage and even lead to lifelong suffering. To learn more about what you might be entitled to, contact USAttorneys.com to get connected with a local Mobile, AL truck accident attorney today.