Many times, Colorado motorists are unsure what to do when they hear the sirens and see the lights of emergency vehicles. Sometimes the confusion results in potentially serious or fatal accidents. One such accident in Denver recently had catastrophic consequences.
Reportedly, a fire truck was responding to a reported structure fire when the collision occurred. Five firefighters were on the vehicle as it raced to the site of the fire. With sirens blaring and emergency lights engaged, the truck rushed through an intersection.
Unfortunately, a car with three occupants was in the intersection at that time. The fire truck smashed into the side of the vehicle. Although the firefighters were shaken and injured themselves, they reportedly rushed to extricate the occupants of the car. They were successful in freeing two of the crash victims, but a third one had already been killed.
The two survivors were rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The Denver Fire Department expressed condolences and said it would cooperate fully with the accident’s pending investigation. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the victims may proceed with pursuing financial relief.
Anyone in Colorado who suffers injuries in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence might have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover medical expenses and other crash-related damages. Similarly, surviving family members of deceased crash victims could file wrongful death lawsuits in a civil court. A monetary judgment might cover the costs related to end-of-life arrangements and the loss of future income that the victim might have earned had the accident not occurred. Additionally, the documented claims could include emotional damages, including pain and suffering.