The first time many people heard of “mudding” was when a young star of the MTV reality show “Buckwild” was killed after an accident. But this activity isn’t just done in West Virginia, so it is important for all parents to learn of the dangers that this can pose to their teens.
What is Mudding?
Mudding involves an all-terrain or sport utility vehicle driving on rough, wet terrain. This includes wet field, streams, lakebeds, and other muddy areas. When mudding, the vehicle is raced through the area, resulting in spinning tires and mud being thrown everywhere.
During the process of mudding, the grounds can be ripped up further. While the act of mudding is not illegal, there are laws that state individuals cannot go mudding in certain areas. Some of the legal consequences of mudding are listed below:
- Reckless driving citations
- Monetary fines – mudding is prohibited on state and federal property
- Trespassing charges – you must have the permission of the owner to mud on their land
- Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits – mudding is very dangerous and can result in broken bones, concussions, and other injuries
Is Mudding Dangerous
As seen above, one of the consequences of mudding can be personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. This has also been seen in the case of the MTV reality star, Shain Gandee, as well as a recent mudding accident in Upper Sandusky involving three victims, Lisa Cain, Noah Cain, and Teresa Wright. While the three victims of the Upper Sandusky mudding incident do not have life-threatening injuries, the incident does show that mudding occurs not only in West Virginia, but Ohio as well.
It is important for those that think mudding is fun to also know of the consequences that it can have. Mudding has not only legal consequences, but also the threat of serious injury and death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Ohio mudding accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation. If you have lost a loved one in a mudding accident, you should call our Ohio wrongful death lawyers to help you as well. Our legal team has experience with a variety of wrongful death lawsuits and can help your family reach a favorable settlement.
To speak to a lawyer, call 800.637.8170 and review your case over the phone.