Three people were injured as they walked along an access road towards the Country USA festival that was taking place near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It is argued a lack of parking spaces for the event meant more people had to walk from their parked cars further from the grounds, putting them in danger of traffic along South Washburn Road.
In this incident, a Ford pick-up truck driven by a 17 year old boy somehow hit three pedestrians, injuring all three of them, one critically. The accident happened just after 10 in the evening last Tuesday.
According to Oshkosh police, alcohol is not a factor in the accident and they are not sure whether the three pedestrians were walking in the road itself or on the shoulder. The shoulder on that stretch of road is particularly narrow and then drops into a ditch. The police have still no idea yet how the Ford F-150 pick-up hit the three people.
According to an Oshkosh police officer, over 4,000 people were estimated to have walked along the road to the event last Tuesday. The number was thought to be higher than previous years. The police immediately closed off the road where the three pedestrians were injured and said they would be prepared to do that again if necessary to protect pedestrians from vehicular traffic.
A Country USA spokesperson was reported saying that over 40,000 people attended the music performance on Tuesday and thought anyone who found themselves too far from the event grounds should wait for a shuttle bus, rather than walk to the event, citing the safety factor.
Many people who witnessed the accident said they would not contemplate walking back to their vehicles after the music was over because of the danger of being hit.
These sorts of accidents are not easy to pinpoint who or what was to blame. Of course, no one attends a music festival expecting to be put in danger of being hit by a vehicle. The young man who was seriously injured as a result of this accident may soon be wondering what went wrong. Did he step into the path of the Ford? Did the vehicle veer off the road? Was the fact that the parking facilities were so poor likely to mean that music lovers would be put in danger?
It is quite likely that because of these injuries future events will be better organized and no doubt the organizers will think more carefully about safety considering their potential liability.
However, better planning will do nothing to help these particular personal injury victims. Instead, they will most likely file a personal injury lawsuit in order to be compensated for their injuries.
But lawsuits take time, often years to settle. Meanwhile, bills have to be paid and expenses keep coming up. Plaintiffs often find themselves in serious financial straits after an accident.
It is reassuring to know if any of these injured people need cash once they decide to file a lawsuit, they can apply for a lawsuit loan. Also known as “settlement loans”, lawsuit funding is only repaid if the case is successful. That is, if the plaintiff receives a settlement.
The applicant must have an attorney and most often that attorney is retained on a contingency fee basis. This means that if the case is not successful, the attorney is not paid a fee.
Likewise, lawsuit loans are only repaid once a settlement or other recovery is reached. There are no upfront costs for the application and no limitations on how the advance is spent.