Fire chief hits woman with truck, claims not to have seen her
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 18, 2014 in Truck Accidents
The volunteer fire chief for the Long Ridge Fire Company is in hot water after he was cited by police for hitting a woman with his department pickup truck. Though the verbal warning and any intradepartmental punishment is likely to be relatively minor, the chief could be looking at a personal injury lawsuit, especially after he admitted to a very basic driver error: he didn't see the woman he backed into.
There is a reason why insurance providers always say to never admit guilt following an accident, as that admission can be used later in a lawsuit or an insurance claim. By saying that he did not see the woman, he has potentially made himself vulnerable to a lawsuit by the 64-year-old woman.
Yet, if the woman was injured, there is no reason why she shouldn't be able to file a lawsuit. She is the one who suffered a dislocated shoulder, and she is also the one who would have been run over if not for her daughter trying to catch the fire chief's attention. She should not have to pay for her medical bills and she should be compensated for her pain and suffering. After all, the accident appears to be the fault of the chief.
There is some confusion as to what the chief was doing at the time of the accident. He initially said that he was plowing his own driveway, but he later claimed he had been plowing some snow away from the woman's car. Regardless, he knocked the woman to the ground when he backed into her and almost ran her over.
Source: Connecticut Post, "Volunteer fire chief cited in accident with truck," John Nickerson, Feb. 7, 2014