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Reckless Driver Causes Orlando Accident with Fire Truck, Drives Away

In a crash that sent three victims to the hospital, a car collided with an Orlando Fire Department Truck last week and then left the scene, Click Orlando reports.

Orlando’s police department is looking for the driver, who was being pursued at the time of the accident. A squad car had tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop and was forced to give chase when the driver refused. The driver ran a stop sign, causing an oncoming fire truck, with the siren on and the emergency lights flashing, to crash into the car. At this point the driver fled the scene on foot, leaving three injured passengers in the car. The firefighters came away with stiff necks, sore backs and a delayed mission.

Large vehicles — like emergency response trucks, ambulances and school buses — may not be hard to miss, but it’s become fairly common for drivers to fail to give them the right away. There are a number of traffic laws you are legally obligated to follow if any school bus or emergency vehicle has its lights on:

  1. Pull over for emergency vehicles. If an emergency vehicle, such as a fire rescue truck or ambulance, is approaching with lights and sirens, pull as far over to the right as you can to give them room to pass.
  2. Slow down while emergency vehicles pass. While a moving emergency vehicle passes, slow down to eat least 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. Wait until it passes to speed back up, and always keep at least 500 feet behind one.
  3. Stop for school buses. Whether the school bus is in front of you or oncoming, once it stops and extends its signal, you are required to come to a complete stop until the children are safely clear of the roadway.

If you’ve been injured in a serious car or bus accident, speak with a dedicated Orlando personal injury lawyer at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. today.

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