Monday, June 27, 2011

Death in Parade

During Saturday's Pridefest Parade, a man died because he was run over by a convertible carrying the Parade's Grand Marshall.  Other than the driver losing control of her vehicle, the details of the accident are not fully known.  Everyone agrees that the driver did not intend to cause an accident and feels terrible.

The tragic accident underscores that motor vehicle are a dangerous instrumentality and can kill.   Tragedies like this can happen with only a momentary lack of attention or small mistake.  No amount of money can compensate the family of the victim for their loss. It is because we recognize this fact that laws require that we all carry insurance so that the innocent victims are not forced to carry the burden of someone else's innocent mistake. 

I would expect a lawyer representing the family to assert a damage claim against both the driver and the parade in a statesmanlike but firm way.  See