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.