California Fire Truck Accident Lawyers

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Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 658 is the federal regulation that allows states to issue special permits for emergency vehicles as nondivisible loads under CFR § 658.5 and CFR § 658.17 providing that states can issue special permits without regard to axle, gross, or Federal Bridge Formula requirements for such nondivisible vehicles or loads. California is a state that provides such exemptions to emergency vehicles like fire trucks, with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) establishing a number of exemptions for fire trucks specifically.

California Code of Regulations § 1411.1(c) defines a fire truck as any fire apparatus defined in 35002(b)(3) of the California Vehicle Code, which provides that a fire apparatus is “a vehicle designed, maintained, and used under emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment, or for the suppression of fires or mitigation of other hazardous situations, consistent with the 2009 edition of Standard 1901 of the National Fire Protection Association.” Fire trucks are clearly important vehicles for the public to have because of the assistance they can provide in emergency situations, but they can also be involved in motor vehicle accidents while racing to arrive at fires.

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Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a fire truck accident in California? If your accident involved a governmental entity, then the California Tort Claims Act will require you to file a notice within an even shorter amount of time than the traditional statute of limitations.

For this reason, you cannot afford to wait to contact the May Firm. We will answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

Fire Departments in California

California is served by a number of different fire departments, including:

  • Alameda County Fire Department
  • Anaheim Fire & Rescue
  • Bakersfield Fire Department
  • Bennett Valley Fire Protection District
  • Borrego Springs Fire Protection District
  • Brea Fire Department
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (known also as CAL FIRE)
  • CAL FIRE Aviation Management Program
  • Costa Mesa Fire Department
  • Fresno Fire Department
  • Fullerton Fire Department
  • Gold Ridge Fire Protection District
  • Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department
  • Huntington Beach Fire Department
  • Idyllwild Fire Protection District
  • Kern County Fire Department
  • Laguna Beach Fire Department
  • Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
  • Lompoc Fire Department
  • Long Beach Fire Department
  • Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • Marin County Fire Department
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District
  • Newport Beach Fire Department
  • Oakland Fire Department
  • Orange City Fire Department
  • Orange County Fire Authority
  • Presidio Fire Department
  • Richmond Fire Department
  • Riverside Fire Department
  • Roseville Fire Department
  • Sacramento Fire Department
  • Sacramento County Fire Department
  • San Bernardino County Fire Department
  • San Diego Fire Department
  • San Diego County Fire Department
  • San Francisco Fire Department
  • San Jose Fire Department
  • San Luis Obispo County Fire Department
  • San Luis Obispo Fire Department
  • San Rafael Fire Department
  • San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department
  • Santa Barbara Fire Department
  • Santa Clara County Fire Department
  • Santa Monica Fire Department
  • Santa Rosa Fire Department
  • University of California, Davis Fire Department
  • University of California, Santa Cruz Fire Department
  • Ventura County Fire Department
  • West Sacramento Fire Department

All of these fire departments have fire trucks, and you need to understand that claims against governmental agencies are much different than claims against regular everyday people.

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Causes of Fire Truck Accidents

Fire truck crashes can stem from many different causes. Some accidents may be the result of driver error, but other cases could involve a mechanical issue with the truck itself.

Causes of fire truck accidents generally include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Inclement weather
  • Driver fatigue
  • Mechanical defects
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Unsecured loads
  • Brake failure
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Speeding

Many other traffic violations by a driver could also cause or contribute to an accident. You will want to be absolutely certain that a police report is filed for your accident.

It is also important to contact the May Firm right away so we can commence an investigation before your crash scene is cleaned up and important evidence disappears. Our firm can dig deep into fire truck maintenance records and will take all necessary steps to help you get justice.

Types of Fire Truck Accident Injuries

Fire truck are much larger than other vehicles on the road and will be very likely to leave most victims with debilitating injuries. Some of the most common kinds of injuries in these cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Fractures

It is also possible that a person could die from the injuries they suffer in a fire truck accident. The negligent party or parties in such cases could be held liable through a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the deceased person’s family members.

The immediate aftermath of an accident is typically when the insurance company is going to step in and try to make it seem as though they care about you. Always remember that an insurance company is a business and they are never on your side.

You will be playing it safe by simply refusing to speak to any insurance company until you have legal representation, as you will not have to worry about you saying anything that jeopardizes your case. Let the May Firm handle conversations with insurance companies for you so you can focus on your recovery.

Contact a Fire Truck Accident Attorney in California

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a fire truck accident in California, you need to know that the negligent party could be responsible for covering all of your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Do not accept a settlement that you know will not last.

The May Firm will not charge you anything up front for our services, as we only collect legal fees when you obtain a financial award. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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