John Bishop, Marie Endicott Died In Magnolia Car Accident With South Jersey Firetruck Near the Intersection of White Horse Pike and Warwick Road
MAGNOLIA, SOUTH JERSEY (January 30, 2022) – Two people identified as John Bishop and Marie Endicott, of Pine Hill, died in a Magnolia firetruck accident near the intersection of White Horse Pike and Warwick Road.
Camden County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:54 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20th. A Lawnside firetruck was responding to an emergency when it collided with a vehicle transporting John Bishop and Marie Endicott.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims. Despite life-saving measures John Bishop and Marie Endicott both died as a result of their injuries.
The driver of the firetruck remained at the scene and cooperated with police officials. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Magnolia Firetruck Accidents
Collisions with firetrucks are much more common than many people may realize. According to one report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Firetruck crashes, occurring at a rate of approximately 30,000 crashes per year, have potentially dire consequences for the vehicle occupants and for the community if the firetruck was traveling to provide emergency services.” There are a number of ways that firetrucks can be particularly dangerous.
- A fully loaded firetruck can weigh as much as 60,000 lbs. Even a low impact collision can leave victims with catastrophic injuries.
- Due to their weight, firetrucks take much longer to stop than most passenger vehicles.
- Firetrucks tend to have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.
What makes firetrucks particularly dangerous is how their operators are allowed to drive. Like all emergency vehicles, firetruck operators are allowed to break traffic regulations for speeding, stop signs, and red lights – insofar as they are responding to an emergency. Still, firetruck operators must use their lights and sirens to warn others about their presence. Moreover, they must not operate their firetruck with a reckless disregard for the safety of other drivers on the road. There are a number of items that should be investigated after any firetruck accident.
- Was the firetruck responding to an actual emergency?
- Did the driver of the firetruck have their lights and sirens on?
- Was the driver of the firetruck distracted at the time of a crash?
The family of any victim that died in a firetruck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. Sadly, fire departments will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any collision. A New Jersey wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Investigating A Magnolia Firetruck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the families of John Bishop and Marie Endicott. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a full investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. It is our sincere hope that Camden County officials will take steps to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Magnolia? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.