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Memphis firefighters are vulnerable on the road

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Being a firefighter can be an extremely dangerous profession and firefighters are constantly putting themselves in harm’s way. Of course, that never seems to stop them from getting out there day after day to save lives and property whenever that is possible. They are true heroes.

In most cases, the firefighter does their job very well and comes home to their family at the end of the day. However, sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way. There are times when firefighters lose their lives while fighting fires and there are times when firefighters are doing something connected to their job and an accident occurs that causes them to lose their life.

A fatality in the line of duty

There was one such incident recently. According to Action News 5, a local NBC Memphis station. A 32-year veteran of the Memphis Fire department was driving a firetruck to a house fire when another driver on the road allegedly ran a red light, which caused the firefighter to swerve in order to avoid hitting that driver’s vehicle or anyone else nearby on the road. The result of that accident was that the firefighter lost his life.

The deceased firefighter was honored by his fellow firefighters when they all took to the streets of the city to show their support and solidarity for their late colleague. It is often the custom that the other firefighters gather on the streets after they have lost a firefighter but it is more unusual for them to show such a moving demonstration before the colleague’s memorial service. No matter what, the demonstration was a clear indication of how they felt about their fellow firefighter and what he represented.

Getting legal support on behalf of your deceased loved one

If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence on the road, getting sound advice from a knowledgeable Memphis attorney may make a tremendous difference to your case. It is important to get justice for your loved one and the appropriate compensation may make your family’s lives a little easier. Prior to the accident, your loved one and the rest of your family were probably living a wonderful life. After the loss of your loved one, your lives will never be the same again. That can be tremendously difficult, both emotionally and financially.

Your attorney may be able to help you to obtain a financial settlement on behalf of your loved one that is fair and just and that will help you to cover the bills that are often astronomical as a result of an accident. Although compensation will never bring back your loved one, it can give you and your family one less thing to worry about so that you can try to move past the traumatic loss that you have experienced and attempt to live your best lives again.