Photographer Hit by a Mud Bog Truck is Killed on the Eastern Shore
The death of a man who was hit by a mud bog truck on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is deeply shocking.
Few details are available about this tragedy at Exmore. It appears the man was taking photographs when he was struck by a mud hop vehicle at the Belle Haven Moose Lodge on Saturday.
Virginia State Police say that around 3:12 p.m., the man was accidentally hit by a mud bog truck that was participating in the event, reported Delmarvanow.
The driver of the truck that struck the man was not injured during the incident. My thoughts are with the family of this spectator who died. Police did not release the man's name pending notification of family.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have many friends, clients and former clients on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We have a client meeting location in Exmore.
Although the incident is being investigated as an accidental death that does not mean nobody is to blame. Organizers of events have a duty to keep spectators safe and to ensure they are kept well away from mud bog trucks. A driver of a mud bog truck also has a responsibility to make sure the course is clear.
When the weather gets warmer, we see more outdoor events such as mud bog racing, musical festivals, bike racing and a myriad of other functions.
When a death or a serious injury occurs, an organizer can be liable. A few years ago, a lawsuit was brought against the owners, organizers, hosts and traffic and security companies of a West Virginia music festival after a pickup rolled over a tent, killing a girl.
Mud racing can be a dangerous activity. In 2014, an award of $1 million was made in Florida after an unsafe track caused a mud racer to hit a bulldozer. The award was made to the mud bog driver who hit a rut in the track and fractured his hip when he hit the bulldozer.
Serious and tragic accidents should not occur at mud bog racing events or any other outdoor event. Over the next few hours, more details are likely to be made available about how the photographer was hit by a mud bog truck.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident on the Eastern Shore of Virginia or elsewhere in the state, please call Cooper Hurley’s experienced wrongful death team at (757) 455-0077.