In November 2012, a horrific accident occurred involving a Union Pacific train and a parade float. It was announced this week that 26 of the victims have reached a settlement with Union Pacific.
The accident occurred in Midland when a freight train smashed into a parade float packed with military veterans. The parade float was passing over a railroad crossing when the crossing gates lowered as the train approached with its horn blowing. According to the accident victims, the signal system at the intersection was defective, which resulted in the lights and gates being activated too late to warn the veterans to get off the float.
As a result of the accident, four people died and more than 12 suffered serious injuries, including amputations and paraplegia. Forty-three sued the train company for damages. The remaining 17 plaintiffs will go to trial on January 26. All of the accident victims have settled their claims with the truck driver who was driving the float, as well as the parade organizer and the owner of the tractor-trailer that was being used as a float.
It’s unclear why the remaining 17 plaintiffs did not settle their claims with the railroad. It’s possible they weren’t satisfied with the terms of the settlement. Train accident victims are entitled to compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement, and more. If a person is seriously injured in a train accident, he or she has the right to seek compensation from the railroad in most cases.
If you have been injured in a train or automobile accident in Texas, call the Plano personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and you don’t pay anything until we get a recovery for you. Call us to learn more about how we can help.