I know that emergency vehicles can follow different rules from regular road users, but can I claim fire engine accident compensation if I was injured in a collision with a fire engine that broke a red light?
Despite the fact that emergency vehicles are permitted a wide berth around the customary traffic rules, it is possible for you to claim fire engine accident compensation if the driver of the fire engine is proven to have been partly or fully negligent. Though they can break normal traffic rules in an emergency situation, emergency drivers still owe other road users a duty of care. Breaking a red light may indeed constitute negligence although it should be stressed that you too owe a duty of care towards the fire engine. There is the potential that you may be accused of contributory negligence which may result in your compensation decreasing in value.
However, even if you are perceived as partly to blame- if you did not provide adequate leeway for the fire engine when you could have, for example – it is still possible to pursue a claim for fire engine accident compensation. To precisely ascertain issues such as these that may have a negative effect on your claim; you would be well advised to discuss the circumstances of the accident and your subsequent injuries with an experienced personal injury solicitor at the first practical moment.
Your fire engine accident compensation claim will benefit from the completion of some standard procedures following the accident. The most important procedure to carry out would have been getting professional medical treatment. Not only does this minimize the risk of further damages and is essential for your wellbeing, details of your injuries will be recorded in your medical history and can be used as evidence in your case. You should also report your accident to the Gardai, if they did not attend the scene of the accident, and you should have obtained any relevant witness information.
Most solicitors offer an initial consultation without charge where they can assess the claim at hand and will advise on the best way to proceed. Additionally, they can give a preliminary indication as to the amount of compensation for your fire engine accident you are likely to receive.