One of the most traumatic events that families may be forced to endure is the loss of loved ones in tragic circumstances. In crashes involving commercial vehicles, the potential for fatalities increases due to the sheer weight of these vehicles. When families have suffered losses due to commercial vehicle accidents, they may decide to pursue recovery of their damages through Arizona's civil court system.
Recently, the family of two victims of a fatal crash in April filed a civil suit against the Phoenix Fire Department. According to the suit, the crash that occurred was the result of errors in judgment and actions on the part of both the crew on the fire truck as well as the decisions and practices of the department. The crash purportedly happened as a fire truck was en route to a call at a local business. A pickup truck carrying two adults and a child reportedly turned into the path of the truck and was subsequently struck.
The passengers in the smaller pickup, a 20-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and an infant, were killed. The fire truck overturned, and all three personnel suffered undisclosed injuries. The suit maintains that the current standard procedures do not grant exclusive right-of-way privileges and that the emergency vehicle was not being operated in a safe manner. Officials have not completed their investigation and have not determined whether the fire department's actions caused the crash.
Officials with the Phoenix Fire Department have not offered any comments since the investigation is ongoing. It is unknown whether the driver of the emergency vehicle has returned to duty since the crash. The family is seeking an estimated $25 million in damages for their losses. Though this is not a typical civil suit, victims of commercial vehicle accidents tend to suffer more serious injuries and sustain heavy economic damages. They -- or their survivors -- are entitled to pursue all legal avenues to recoup their documented damages.