The Dangers of Mud Bogging Races

In July of this year, a fatal accident during a mud bogging race at Haislip Farm Lane took the life of the driver and injured four others. Investigators say that even though the driver was experienced, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pond where people were swimming. The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s investigators say that extreme heat could have played a part in the crash, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Mud bogging is a popular pastime in Virginia and races typically attract large crowds. Also known as mudding or mud running, this form of off-road motorsport determines the winner by which driver travels across the pit in the shortest amount of time. Unfortunately, there have been a number of mud bogging accidents this year that have taken the lives of drivers. A 48-year-old driver was also killed in July of this year when he competed in a mud bogging race in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Spectator videos captured the final seconds leading up the crash, and viewers can see the driver shut off the engine to the dragster and cruise across the finish line. But shortly after, the driver lost control, rolled and landed upside down on a concrete barrier. Additional units had to be called to pull the driver out of the car because the on-scene crews did not have the necessary equipment. Investigators say that even if the emergency officials on the scene had what they needed, it probably would not have made a difference in saving the man’s life.

The lack of adequate on-scene help has been a major concern of law enforcement officials with the recent string of accidents that have occurred, and it may be possible to seek compensation for injuries that take place during a mod bogging race. When mud bogging events are held at a complex, the owner of that complex is liable for keeping spectators safe from wayward racers. When a crash does occur, one of the first things that investigators look for is mechanical malfunction. Once this has been ruled out, investigators check for signs of alcohol impairment and also examine the safety procedures that were in place.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a mud bogging accident, call our team for the legal support and representation you deserve. We will conduct external investigations into the accident to determine the exact cause, and we may be able to file a claim for compensation on your behalf. With the help of a personal injury lawyer from Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we take care of the legal work on your behalf.

Motorcycle Accidents

Northern Virginia is a popular area in which to ride motorcycles, and many enjoy being out on the open road—despite the increased risks. It is well known that a motorcyclist is more susceptible to injury in any accident, as they are not protected from the impact of a collision with another, and usually much larger, vehicle. In fact, many motorcyclists face the dangerous risks of losing their lives or being permanently disabled, even in an accident that occurs at slow speeds. A high percentage of such accidents are the result of a negligent vehicle operator who failed to notice that a motorcyclist was in the next lane, at a stop sign or light, or next to them when making a turn. Also, nearly 60% of motorcyclist fatalities occur at night, as they as less likely to be seen by the unsuspecting drivers that share the road.

Many times, when a motorcyclist is involved in a collision with a car or truck, the physical damage is devastating—as they don’t have a way to protect themselves against the crushing force of a much larger vehicle. A victim may suffer catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, permanent paralysis, and/or traumatic brain injuries, and may even need to undergo an amputation of one or more limbs. Those who are less seriously injured may still require months or even years of medical attention, particularly when they have suffered multiple fractures. The issue of compensation in such cases should be addressed with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

OBTAINING RIGHTFUL COMPENSATION
Our legal team has over 120 years of combined experience. We are an accomplished and well-respected personal injury law firm and serve our clients with personal commitment to their cases. We have been named “Best Lawyers” multiple times, and are part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. As the injuries in a motorcycle accident are usually extremely severe, we advise that you contact our firm as soon as possible after the incident. We can move forward to preserve the evidence to support your claim before time passes and it becomes unavailable. We know how to deal with insurance companies, and protecting your right to the compensation you deserve is our only concern.

Premises Liability

INJURED ON PRIVATE, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC OR GOVERNMENT PROPERTY?
When someone openly invites you onto their premises, they are responsible for providing you with a safe environment. If an establishment or an acquaintance’s premises caused you an injury, you may be able to file for premises liability. Failure to provide a safe area is deemed negligence as the owner or operator neglected to provide you with safety. Personal injuries like sustaining a dog bite or a slip and fall are common in premises liability claims.

For example, if a property owner fails to remove ice from outside their front entrance or a store manager neglects to clean up a spill from a grocery aisle and their negligent behavior results in an injury they can be held liable. Similarly, an owners dangerous dog could be deemed a liability if their dog bites and injures an innocent person. A personal injury attorney can provide you with professional legal counsel if you wish to file a premises liability claim.

PURSUING A PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIM
Our firm is dedicated to providing you with the best possible legal counsel in North Virginia. Injuries sustained in dangerous accidents such as slip & fall or drowning accidents can alter your life forever. You may require extensive medical attention for your injury or may be permanently disabled. We at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan want to help you through this difficult time. Our firm has over one hundred and twenty combined years of experience. We have been nominated for “The Best Lawyers in America” for the last eighteen years.

Medical bills, pain, suffering and loss of quality of life should be compensated by the negligent party. We want to help you and we will fight hard for your case. The dedication of our firm can be seen in our persistent research and dedicated time we devote to each case. Our legal counsel combined with our extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury law will help us to build a strong claim for you. Alleviating the pain you have suffered is our number one priority and we will fight aggressively obtain the compensation you deserve.