In 2012, a tragic accident occurred during a Veterans Day parade in Midland. Last week, 26 of those injured in the accident settled their claims.
The accident happened when a Union Pacific freight train smashed into a parade float that was 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 accident victims, the signal system at the intersection where the accident occurred was defective, which resulted in the lights and gates being activated too late to warn the veterans to get off of the float.
Four people were killed as a result of the accident, and more than a dozen suffered very serious injuries, including paraplegia and amputation. After the accident, 43 people sued Union Pacific. Last week, it was announced that 26 of those who sued had reached a settlement with the railroad. The remaining 17 plaintiffs were scheduled to go on trial this week. It's unclear why the remaining 17 did not settle. The plaintiffs have already all settled claims with the truck driver who was driving the float at the time of the accident. They also settled claims with the parade organizer, as well as the owner of the tractor-trailer that was being used as a parade float.
Accidents involving trains almost always cause catastrophic injuries or death. The sheer size of trains, as well as the speeds at which they move, make them extremely dangerous in an accident. Unfortunately, railroads don't always make safety their first priority. If you have been injured in an accident with a train, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or learn more about us on Facebook. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.