Fox 4 has reported an accident involving a firetruck from the Kansas City Fire Department Station 19 located at 550 W 43rd St, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Just before 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, a fire truck was dispatched to a call involving a weather-related fire was involved in a fatal auto accident. The report detailed the fire truck colliding with an oncoming Honda SUV before both vehicles crashed into a building at 40th Street and Broadway Avenue in Midtown. A pedestrian assisting another person into a parked car was struck and killed by the impact. The driver and passenger of the SUV were also pronounced dead at the scene.
Attorney contributor and experienced emergency vehicle accident lawyer Reed Martens represents victims and their families. Reed recently discussed when victims might be eligible for financial compensation following an accident with a fire truck or other emergency vehicle.
"Emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, are often traveling at increased speeds. Pair that with the vehicle's size and weight, and accidents can be severe and even fatal. When another vehicle is struck by a fire truck, it is necessary to investigate the moments that led up to the accident."
"The victim's lawyer will need to prove negligence was involved in the accident. This may include if the fire truck driver was driving excessively reckless, under the influence, or while fatigued. A third party may even be liable if a faulty vehicle part or fire equipment malfunction was to blame for the accident."
"As with other government emergency vehicles, fire trucks may be shielded from liability due to sovereign immunity. Victims and their families are advised to allow an experienced emergency vehicle accident lawyer to review their possible case to ensure them of their legal options. It is important to explore all legal options in order to seek the full compensation available."