Staten Island Fire Truck Accident Leaves Special Olympics Athlete Dead

March 18, 2011 – Staten Island, NY – According to a report from NY Daily News, a Staten Island fire truck accident on March 9 left one man dead and 14 others injured.  Former Special Olympics athlete Eric Perry, 51, was a passenger in a Lifestyles for the Disabled van when it was struck by an FDNY fire truck at the intersection of Richmond Road and Burgher Avenue.  The other 8 van occupants and 6 firefighters suffered injuries in the collision and were taken to Staten Island University Hospital.   The fire truck from Ladder 81 was answering a 911 call for a man trapped inside a burning car. The truck was flashing its lights and sounding its sirens when it went through a red light and collided with the passenger van.   According to police reports, the van had the right of way and was making a left turn onto Richmond Road when it was struck by the FDNY truck.  Upon impact, the van spun around and hit a retaining wall. One passenger was flung from the vehicle, while another was trapped inside. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to free the trapped passenger.  When you’ve been injured in a serious car accident in which city or municipal workers were involved, special circumstances may apply when filing a personal injury claim.

To get a better idea of your options, you’ll want to talk with a New York car accident lawyer.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.  To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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