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Speed and impairment loom large in fatal firetruck crash

Regular readers of our Raleigh personal injury blog know that impairment and excess speed are often cited in motor vehicle accidents. We read recently of a deadly crash in which both factors were found to be present in a wreck that happened nearly a year ago.

According to a news report, last March a firetruck driven by a firefighter crashed into a car. The truck was traveling at about 25 miles an hour over the speed limit, while the car was driven by an intoxicated driver.

The horrific wreck had its genesis in an emergency call received around noon. A crew of Washington DC firefighters responded. But their firetruck crashed into a pair of other vehicles and a pedestrian. The driver of one of those cars died afterwards.

The primary cause of the crash, a report on the deadly incident says, was the failure of the impaired driver – the man killed in the wreck – to yield the right of way to the firetruck. The report also states that the man was impaired at the time.

All other drivers stopped for the firetruck, the report states, which had its sirens and lights on.

However, the report adds that the secondary cause of the crash was excess speed. The firetruck was going at about 55 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone. The report by the crash investigation unit found that the firefighter at the wheel of the truck “failed to slow down as may be necessary for safe operation when approaching the intersection.”

This tragedy once again highlights the importance to all of never driving while impaired, and of maintaining control of a vehicle by observing posted speed limits.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a driver ignoring one or both of those principles, speak to an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation.

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