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Parade Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Steve Wagner

When Celebration Turns Into Fear

Many times a year, people gather in towns all across America for parades of all kinds: Homecoming, Fourth of July, Christmas, Labor Day, those celebrating the kickoff of a sport season, Thanksgiving…the list could go on and on. These events typically take place on and around public roadways which have been blocked off and shut down for the celebratory event at hand. Parade attendees often arrive early, staking out a spot for prime viewing and interacting with family, friends, and neighbors.

Every year, some of these joyous events end with multiple injuries or even deaths due to a single vehicle crashing into crowds of unsuspecting individuals. In the past few months, the country has seen at least two major incidents.

In October, four people were killed and 46 injured when a driver plowed through a parade at Oklahoma State University, striking both participants and observers. In July, our Illinois neighbors in Westville were readying for September’s Labor Day parade when a van ran into the crowd, injuring nine, including a toddler who suffered skull fractures.

Potentially Liable Parties

Though no amount of money is worth the pain and trauma of this kind of accident, victims may be able to find some relief and support for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. In such cases, you may have claims against one or more parties.

Obviously, the driver may be at fault for the accident. In this case, the driver may be held liable for negligence or wrongful death. An example would be the case in which the driver accidentally hits the gas instead of the breaks when approaching a parade barrier.

If a design flaw or part failure in the car caused the action, the injured may have a product liability claim. In these instances, the defendants may include the manufacturer of the vehicle or the parts, the car dealership or auto supply shop, a middleman or shipper, and/or a used car dealer.

Finally, the organizers of the event itself may carry some fault. These are very different situations, as the source of the injury may be a vehicle but may also be another kind of actor. In 2010, Bellevue, Iowa was holding their annual 4th of July Parade when a horse got spooked, broke free, and trampled many people in the crowd. One person was killed, and twenty-three were injured. The city was sued for failure to maintain a safe parade route.

Have you sustained injuries due to a parade accident?

It is estimated that there are nearly one thousand parade injuries each year.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed while attending or participating in a parade or other large gathering, please call our Wagner Reese lawyers for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440. Our Indiana Vehicular Accident, Product Liability, and Wrongful Death attorneys can help you to understand and pursue the damages you deserve.


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