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2 fire trucks slam into other vehicles, causing multiple injuries

Fire trucks that are heading out on emergency calls should have their lights and sirens activated. Most motorists will try to move out of the way when they see a fire truck approaching with lights and sirens. Even when they have the lights and sirens going, these trucks are still supposed to stop at red lights before moving through the intersection. When that doesn't happen, accidents are likely to occur.

Recently, two New York Fire Department fire trucks were involved in separate accidents. One fire truck slammed into a sedan at an intersection. At least one person in that vehicle was injured.

In the other accident, the fire truck hit a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus. The fire truck had lights and sirens on, but a witness said it didn't stop at the red light. The woman said that the driver "obviously didn't look" as he ran through the intersection.

In that accident, there were 12 civilians and two firefighters who were injured. None of the people who were injured suffered life-threatening injuries. The firefighters and four other injured people had to be taken the hospital for medical care.

One woman who was on the bus said she was knocked unconscious. After the fire truck hit the bus, the bus slammed into two parked vehicles, but there weren't any injured parties in those two vehicles.

The people who were injured in this accident might opt to seek compensation. Accidents involving municipal vehicles aren't immune to compensation claim. It is crucial, however, that you fully understand the caveats of making claims against a municipality.

Source: CBS New York, "FDNY Fire Trucks Involved In 2 Separate Accidents In Astoria, Queens," June 26, 2016

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