A driver was sent to the hospital recently after crashing into a Houston fire truck that was on its way to a house fire in Montrose, local news media reported.
The car and the fire truck were driving the same direction on Westheimer Road on May 1 when the car tried to illegally turn in front of the fire engine, causing a crash near the intersection with Commonwealth Street. The car’s driver was taken to the hospital but was expected to be OK. No firefighters were seriously injured in the accident.
Police reported that the driver of the car may be cited.
The accident shut down Westheimer Road in both directions as authorities investigated.
Texas Law on Yielding to Emergency Vehicles
The Texas Driver Handbook outlines the rules related to driving around emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, and other vehicles using a siren, flashing red light, or bell:
- You must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles. If you can, pull over to the right side of the street. If you cannot pull over, slow down and make a clear path for the fire truck.
- Do not follow within 500 feet of a fire truck that is answering an alarm or an ambulance that has its flashing red lights on.
- If a fire truck is answering an alarm at a location, do not drive or park on that street.
If you are coming up on a fire truck or other emergency vehicle that is stopped with its lights on, you must:
- Get out of the lane that is closest to the fire truck (if the road has two or more lanes going in the same direction).
- Slow down to at least 20 mph below the posted speed limit (if the speed limit is 25 mph or more).
- Slow down to at least 5 mph if the posted speed limit is less than 25 mph.
Our Law Firm Appreciates the Work of Houston’s Emergency Responders
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we are grateful to the firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders who care for the accident victims in our community. We encourage drivers to take all precautions to remain safe around emergency vehicles and allow them to get to their destinations safely, so they can save others.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident in Houston and needs legal advice, we encourage you to call our law firm and speak with a knowledgeable attorney for free today. Our team will take the time to listen to your story, explain your legal rights, and map out a plan for moving forward after a serious motor vehicle accident.