MTV’s “Buckwild” star Shain Gandee was killed recently in a mudding accident near his West Virginia home.
Gandee, his uncle and another man were found dead inside a sport utility vehicle that had apparently gotten stuck in the mud. Reports indicate that Gandee and the other men died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
Gandee, 21, enjoyed outdoor activities, and regularly participated in “mudding,” or driving off-road in muddy conditions. Generally, mudding involves driving an all-terrain vehicle or sport utility vehicle off-road through muddy areas such as wet fields, lakeshores and lakebeds. People that participate in this rather messy sport usually race through these areas, causing their tires to spin and fling mud.
This tragic accident serves as a reminder of just how dangerous mudding can be. While there are no laws that ban someone from driving in a muddy area, there are laws that prohibit mudding on state and federally owned land as well as regulations against dangerous or reckless driving. Participating in mudding could lead to various consequences, including citations for reckless driving, monetary fines, trespassing charges and even personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. The driver in a mudding accident could be held liable for any property damage, personal injury or wrongful death they may cause.
As this tragic accident shows, mudding can have devastating consequences. Mudding can result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a fatal accident, such as mudding, a Citrus County Wrongful Death Attorney at Whittel & Melton may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses. Contact us today online or call 352-726-0078 to begin pursuing fair compensation for your suffering.