A fire truck on its way to a Trenton auto accident collided with a pickup truck, killing a 3-year-old girl inside the vehicle, according to this news report. The fatal accident reportedly happened at a busy intersection in Trenton.
The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck spinning into the center median where it slammed into a light pole. The toddler was rushed to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Two other children and two firefighters were also transported to the hospital, but their injuries were apparently not life-threatening. Several people on that street were also injured when the light pole fell, but those pedestrian injuries were only minor, the report states.
Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way in most cases, especially when they are en route to an accident or are responding to an emergency situation. However, most fire departments have their own protocols and procedures regarding stopping at intersections and making sure they have clearance before proceeding. This is especially true of busy intersections where the chances of a collision are heightened.
If a city vehicle is determined to have been operated in a careless or negligent manner, the injured victim or the family of the deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim against the city department in charge of maintaining emergency services. In most cases, that agency could be the city, township or county. There are strict time limits when it comes to filing these claims.
If you decide to pursue your legal rights, it is best to contact an experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyer at the earliest chance so that you can get the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us at Lependorf & Silverstein for more information and a free consultation at 609-240-0040.