Linden Fire Truck Accident: Three Linden Firefighters Injured In Truck Accident With Fire Truck On The New Jersey Turnpike by Wood Avenue
LINDEN, NEW JERSEY (November 10, 2019) – Three Aurora firefighters were injured in a fire truck accident with a semi-truck on the New Jersey Turnpike not far from Wood Avenue.
New Jersey state troopers are saying that the accident took place around 9:10 a.m. The Linden fire truck was making a left turn when it was struck by the tractor trailer.
Three firefighters were injured in the collision and had to be taken to the University Hospital in Newark. At least one of the firefighters had to be extricated from the firetruck.
An investigation into the apparatus crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Fire Truck Accidents
According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, “Each year, an average of 100 firefighters die and 100,000 firefighters are injured in the line of duty from a variety of causes including, but not limited to, extreme physical exertion, underlying medical conditions, and motor vehicle crashes (United States Fire Administration, 2011).” Victims of firetruck accidents are often left with very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
Liability in accidents involving fire trucks can be very complex and multi-faceted. Generally speaking, truck drivers are supposed to yield the right of way before making a left turn. According to New Jersey Vehicle Code Section 39:4-90, “The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but the driver having so yielded, and having given a signal when and as required by law, may make the left turn; and other vehicles approaching the intersection from the opposite direction shall yield to the driver making the left turn.”
However, emergency vehicles like fire trucks are afforded a number of privileges that other vehicles aren’t. Fire trucks are allowed to speed, drive on the wrong side of the road, drive through red lights and perform any number of maneuvers that would otherwise be illegal for civilian vehicles. But fire truck drivers must be responding to an actual emergency with their lights and sirens on. This serves as a warning to other drivers.
When a firefighter is injured on the job they will normally be able to receive assistance through the worker’s compensation system. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages and disability benefits. Injured firefighters may also be able to receive damages through a third party liability claim if an entity separate from their employer contributed to the accident. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Getting Help After A Fire Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the firefighters injured in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that safety measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are deeply committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.