According to WBTV, a motorcyclist was killed in a south Charlotte crash involving a Fire truck from the Charlotte Fire Department of 7132 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226.
On Monday, the Charlotte Fire Ladder 24 was dispatched to a medical-related call in the Little Avenue area. As the fire truck was heading to the scene, it crashed into a motorcycle at the intersection of McMahan Drive and Pineville-Matthews Road. The motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital but later died. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is currently investigating the accident.
Attorney contributor Kristen Beightol represents victims injured or killed in tragic auto accidents in North Carolina. Kristen recently discussed when victims or their families might be eligible for financial compensation if in an accident with a fire truck or other emergency vehicle.
"The tragic death of a loved one in an accident involving a fire truck can be devastating. Too often, the families of the victims are not aware of their legal rights in the wake of such a tragedy. First and foremost, families of victims killed in accidents involving fire trucks may be entitled to wrongful death compensation from the responsible party. This includes compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and pain and suffering. It is important for families to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to ensure that their rights are protected and that they are receiving the maximum compensation possible."
"Fire trucks are often used in emergency situations and can be liable for causing accidents in those situations. Fire truck operators may be held accountable for the accidents they cause, as they are responsible for their vehicle's safety and operation. Negligence, recklessness, or improper operation of a fire truck can lead to an accident, and the operator can be held responsible. Additionally, the fire department and its supervisors can be held liable for any accidents caused by their employees' negligence or reckless behavior. Finally, the fire truck manufacturer can be held responsible if the vehicle was faulty or not properly maintained."
"Fire departments may be protected from liability due to their immunity. It is recommended that victims and their families allow an experienced emergency vehicle accident lawyer to review their case to make sure they have their legal options. It is crucial to explore all legal options in order to get the full compensation."