Residents of Pennsylvania know that when they hear the sirens or see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, they should pull over and stop until they know that vehicle has safely passed them if that needed to happen. This is true whether the emergency vehicle is a police car, an ambulance or a fire truck. It should always be assumed that these vehicles are on their way to help others in need and standing in the way of that should not happen.
Unfortunately it seems that not everyone has learned this lesson or may be so focused on where they need to go that they fail to put the safety and health of others first. A story was recently reported by Penn Live that provided details on how the driver of a sport utility vehicle failed to stop when approaching an intersection where a fire truck was driving through at the time. The incident happened on a weekday evening and the fire truck was indeed en route to a location where someone needed help and had both its lights flashing and its siren sounding.
By not stopping, the SUV caused it to crash with the fire truck and even get two other vehicles involved in the wreck. A five-year-old, three firefighters and five other people were injured and required treatment at a hospital.
After being involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligent actions, people in Pennsylvania might find it useful to discuss their compensation options with an experienced personal injury attorney.