Two years ago, a 49,000 pound fire truck sped down a hilltop street and crashed into a Mission Hill apartment complex, killing the firefighter inside the truck. The Federal Insurance Company, which insured the apartment building, alleged that the City of Boston and six truck maintenance shops were responsible for the accident.
The company filed the lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court and sought over $410,000 in damages to cover attorney fees and the repairs of the apartments, according to The Boston Globe. Federal Insurance claimed the defendants were negligent in allowing the fire truck to be on the road with defective brakes and failing to supervise the vehicle's overall brake system.
The Fire Department’s internal investigation last year also found that inadequate auto maintenance was one factor that led to the truck’s brake failure. Broadway Brake Corp. owner Phillip D’Angelo, who was listed as one of the defendants in the case, said his company was not to blame for the accident. He believed his business was only included because it had inspected the truck’s brakes in 2009.
“We did our job - I’ll stand by that,” Angelo asserted.
In November, another similar lawsuit involving a fire truck accident arose after a Ladder 26 truck plunged down Mission Hill and crashed through the brick wall of a building. Boston Fire Lieutenant Kevin M. Kelley died in the collision, and his family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. That suit, however, was quickly settled for $100,000.
To learn more about how to proceed with a tort claim or recover damages for a motor-vehicle accident, seek legal counsel from a skilled Boston personal injury lawyer or visit the Related Resources links for general information.
- Call A Boston Personal Injury Lawyer (FindLaw)
- Kevin Kelley’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit (FindLaw’s Boston Personal Injury News Blog)
- The Basics: Fault and Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents (FindLaw)