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Truck accidents: $250,000 settlement in fire truck crash

A crash between a motorcycle and a fire truck has cost one California city $250,000. A woman agreed to the settlement with the city of Palo Alto after losing control of her bike due to a large fire truck that was sitting in the middle of the road during a non-emergency situation. Truck accidents such as this often cause significant property damage and serious bodily harm to victims.

Court documents, which were supplied by the city attorney's office, show that the woman and her father were both riding motorcycles on the morning of the crash. It was alleged that both lanes of traffic were blocked by the fire truck, and there was no warning to oncoming traffic. The woman hit her brakes to avoid the truck, but that action caused her to lose control and wreck her motorcycle. She was thrown off the cycle and onto the highway.

The woman suffered broken bones in her hand, compound fracture of the femur, a broken coccyx, and collar bone, and severe road rash and contusions. In the initial lawsuit, she asked for damages for lost wages, medical costs, disfigurement, disability and more. Her father asked for compensation for his emotional distress at seeing the accident take place, and for the motorcycle that belonged to him which was totaled in the crash.

In California, settlements of personal injury claims are often reached when people are injured in truck accidents. Anyone who has suffered because of the negligence of a truck driver, company or city may choose to consult with a personal injury attorney. The lawyer can advise the victim on the best course of action to take in order to seek damages for his or her injuries.

Source:, "City pays $250,000 settlement for Fire Department accident", Sue Dremann, June 12, 2017

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