Indianapolis Emergency Workers Injured at Crash Site
Two Indianapolis firefighters were taken to Indiana University Methodist Hospital on the evening of Wednesday, January 27, after being injured while responding to a vehicle accident. The two first responders from the Indianapolis Fire Department, as well as an EMT, were finishing up with a minor two-car accident on Gray Road when an SUV sped up the road and slammed into one of the cars involved in the initial accident. The two firefighters were preparing the second vehicle to be towed when the impact of the SUV caused a chain reaction, sending one vehicle into the other, which then slammed into the emergency workers. The EMT was treated at the scene, and the firefighters were transported with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV was taken into custody by the police for operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Though in this case, it appears fortunate that all injured individuals will survive, it is yet to be seen what types of injuries they are facing. It is estimated that emergency responders are three to four times more likely to be injured or die in the scope of their jobs than are other workers. Nearly half of these injuries are from injuries occurring during car crashes, and an additional twelve percent happen while attending to individuals or accidents at the side of the road. This proportion is much smaller when looking solely at firefighters, as their jobs entail high death rates reflecting the inherent dangers in their jobs (asphyxia/smoke inhalation, cardiac failures, etc.).
Emergency Responders Not The Only Ones at Risk
Anyone stopping on a roadside, whether to assist with a vehicle accident or for any number of other reasons can be at risk for injury from other cars on the road. In the United States, there are approximately 2,000 fatal accidents as a result of individuals parked on the road shoulder. Stopping alongside busy roads is always dangerous, especially if it is dark or there is inclement weather. Certainly, these accidents can be a result of poor weather, visibility, or road conditions (which may have caused an initial accident), but it is also very possible that a roadside accident is caused by another driver’s negligent operation of their motor vehicle.
When a loved one is lost in an accident, family members are left not only with enduring grief but also with medical bills and funeral expenses. Though nothing can make up for losing a member of your family, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide financial peace of mind by providing for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, as well as for lost financial support and household services, and loss of parental guidance or love, care, and affection.
Have you sustained injuries while pulled over to assist another or while parked on a road should for another reason? Do you believe another person’s negligence was responsible for your pain and suffering? Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience pursuing and winning vehicular accident and wrongful death cases. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.