Suffering a catastrophic, life-altering injury might not be in your plans as you set out to a campground for some fun in the great outdoors, but accidents do happen. A branch from a dead tree could fall on your tent. An ATV you rent from the campground might suffer a mechanical failure and crash. Another camper might be careless around the fire pit.
In some cases, these accidents can lead to serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Eye injuries
Any one of these injuries could result in pain and suffering, lost wages while recovering, and even life-long disability.
Campground owners and operators have a duty to ensure the safety of campers. If negligence leads to a camper being injured, campgrounds can be held legally liable. Some common examples of campground owner negligence include:
- Failure to maintain campground facilities
- Improperly maintained trails
- Damaged or poorly maintained equipment and vehicles
- Lack of proper warning of possible hazards on the property
- Inadequately trained staff and guides
- Failure to properly supervise campers, particularly children
Camping should be a fun experience that leaves campers only with good memories. When a campground owner’s negligence leads to serious injuries, however, they can be held liable.