Posted on July 09, 2019 in Personal Injury
It’s rodeo season. Thousands of rodeo fans will visit rodeos all over the country this summer to see cowboys and cowgirls brave bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, cattle roping and more. There’s no doubt that Rodeo is one of the most dangerous sports in the world for the participants, but spectators can also sustain a serious rodeo injury.
Can I sue for a rodeo injury I endured as a spectator?
If you were injured in a rodeo accident as a spectator, contact a rodeo accident attorney to discuss your legal rights as soon as you are able. The attorney will review any liability waivers either signed or on the ticket and determine if you are able to recover damages for your injuries either from the venue or rodeo company.
Rodeo spectator accidents
Spectator rodeo injuries are different than participant rodeo injuries. Some examples include:
• Being trampled by other spectators when trying to exit a crowded stadium
• Being trampled or gored by escaped rodeo animals
• Being injured in a car crash or a car versus pedestrian crash in a crowded parking lot
• Being flung from a golf cart or other mode of transportation operated by a rodeo or venue employee
When is a rodeo company or rodeo venue liable for an accident?
If it can be proved that a rodeo company or rodeo venue acted negligently and that their negligence was the direct cause of an injury that resulted in damages then they may be liable for the accident. For example, if a rodeo company failed to properly secure their animals behind tall, secure fences and one escapes and gores a spectator then they may be liable for the accident. A rodeo venue may be liable for a wrongful death if their staff fails to call an ambulance in a timely manner after an accident or if they knowingly allow too many spectators into the venue.
Rodeo accident lawsuit
If it’s necessary to file a lawsuit in order to recover appropriate damages for a rodeo injury, you will want to be in the hands of a capable rodeo accident lawyer. The defendant may be a large company that has lawyered up to create a strong defense and deprive you of what you are entitled to recover for your injuries. An experienced rodeo injury lawyer will help to ease your mind as they take on the work of building a case, negotiating a settlement or taking the case to court if necessary.
If you have lost a loved one or been injured through no fault of your own, you have enough on your plate. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the justice and fair compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring, tireless and experienced personal injury attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County and surrounding areas since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!