If you are on the streets, in a parking lot, or any other place that a drunk driver can reach with their vehicle, then you are at risk. There is nowhere that is completely safe because there is nowhere that an intoxicated person will not potentially drive. When under the effects of alcohol, people make bad decisions, including responding to a call for volunteer firefighters.
A man is dead in Indiana after he was struck and killed by a fellow volunteer firefighters arriving at the scene of a blaze on November 11th, 2017. According to police, the man responsible for the accident had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .21, exceeding the legal limit. Another vehicle was struck and another firefighter was injured. A person with a BAC that high should not operate a vehicle, let alone fight a fire. Unfortunately, he did put the safety of every other volunteer at risk by getting behind the wheel, and now another man is dead.
It’s easy for people to think they are in a safe environment. It’s easy to believe they will never be the victim of a drunk driver. But as this story shows, nowhere is completely safe. Drunk drivers are everywhere, at social gatherings and sports games, on the job and even in volunteer situations.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driver, you might have thought you would never be a victim, too. Sadly, there is nothing you could have done to prevent the incident from occurring. The moment an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, that person puts every other driver on the road and every person on the street at risk. Please, retain an experienced attorney to help you hold them accountable for their actions.