A serious car accident in Damascus, Virginia, resulted in at least sixty bystanders being injured, according to cnn.com. The car accident, which occurred during a parade, resulted from a driver’s losing control of his vehicle, apparently due to a medical condition, and driving his car through the crowd of parade attendees. Several bystanders were able to stop the car, with one jumping in and place the car in park; numerous others were able to lift the car off of several parade-goers who had become trapped underneath it. Ten victims were reported hospitalized. At the time of this posting, it was unclear just what the medical condition was that caused the driver to lose control of the car.
Here is CNN's report on the accident:
Parades such as the one that occurred in Damascus, VA present unique dangers, because bystanders are out and about on the street instead of on the sidewalk; an accident under these circumstances can be devastating. Last year we reported on a parade in Texas wherein a train slammed into a float, injuring many and tragically killing four. Thankfully, there appear to have been no fatalities in the Damascus accident, but the injuries suffered by the parade attendees have surely nonetheless terribly altered their lives. Our deepest condolences go out to those who were injured in this accident.
While it is unknown at this time just what medical condition caused the driver to lose control of the car, it may be that the driver should not have been operating a motor vehicle in the first place due to his or her condition; the injured parade participants may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to assess a potential injury claim against the at-fault driver. The personal injury lawyers at our Virginia law firm have handled countless cases regarding car wrecks and their subsequent injuries; click here to get an overview of our cases.
It’s also important to be aware of just how a personal injury claim is calculated. Click here to watch a video wherein one of our personal injury lawyers explains how we evaluate our clients’ cases. For instance, one way in which a claim can be assessed is determining how much lost wages resulted from your injury.