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What are the Rights of Pedestrians, Spectators, and Bystanders Hit by a Vehicle or Float at a Parade Event?

By David A. Wolf
Child Injury Lawyer Blog
medical_2008015232-1113int.epsThere was a tragedy reported at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade event.  It was reported that the crash into the crowd ended the life of a graduate student, a toddler, and a couple who had worked for Oklahoma State University for many years.  A day that was supposed to be filled with fun times and food ended in grief and sorrow for the family and friends of the victims as well as the entire OSU community.
It was also reported that a number of other adults and children suffered personal injuries as well.  The driver, Adacia Avery Chambers, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).   She was placed under the custody of law enforcement officials.   Seeing that the driver is facing criminal charges and potential jail / prison time if convicted, she will be entitled to representation from an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney or from the local public defender’s office.  While Ms. Chambers is entitled to legal representation, it is difficult to fathom a reasonable explanation or reason for crashing into a crowd of innocent spectators / bystanders simply there to enjoy the homecoming parade festivities. You can read more about this story at Crash at Oklahoma State University Parade Causes Multiple Deaths and Personal Injuries. 
Unfortunately, in the world of personal injury cases, history tends to repeat itself to some extent.  In December 2014 and even prior to that, I authored articles on this very topic.  The title of the December 2014 article was as follows: What if a Child is Injured at a Holiday or City Parade?  
When a child or adult is injured as a result of the negligence or fault of others, there are always a number of challenges to face.  In most instances, it makes sense for the family of the injury victim to seek out advice and representation from a qualified an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.   Seeing that the driver in the Oklahoma State University crash injured so many people, it is doubtful that the driver’s automobile insurance (if she had any) is going to have enough coverage to properly compensation the accident victims and their families for the personal injuries and economic damages associated with the crash.   Many people do not realize that there may be coverage under another automobile insurance policy even though the victim was not occupying a vehicle at the time that the victim was injured.  Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage provides benefits and compensation to injury victims and their families as pedestrian injured by the alleged negligence of a driver who fails to have any insurance OR has insufficient insurance to fully pay compensation for the accident related injuries and damages.
The book titled – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Parents Need to Know After the Accident – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, and Wrongful Death.  There are also articles on Hit and Run Accidents and DUI Accidents.  The book is a good resource for people seeking information regarding legal and insurance claims and issues in the aftermath of a crash.  You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning. 
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