The Southeast Texas Record recently posted a story about a Texas mother suing a property owner for alleged negligence in relation to an accident that led to her daughter’s death last summer. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain reasonable safe conditions on their land, or at their business. If you, or a family member, has been injured by a property owner’s negligence, an experienced San Antonio personal injury attorney can help.
What Happened in this Case? Why is the Mother Suing?
On July 31st, 2015, a sixteen year old girl, along with several of her teenage friends, went to stay overnight at a deer camp. The camp, owned by the defendant in this case, was located in Newton County, Texas. The very rural Newton County is located in far east Texas and borders Louisiana. According to the mother’s lawsuit, the teenagers consumed excessive amounts of alcohol that night. At around three in the morning they decided to ride around the premises on some utility task vehicles (UTVs). Sadly, the sixteen year old girl was thrown from the back of a UTV when it was making a sharp turn and violently hit her head on the ground. Paramedics pronounced her dead later that night. The lawsuit alleges that the conditions on the property posed an unreasonably dangerous risk. The lawsuit mentions two specific points:
- The grade between the roadway and the surrounding terrain is too steep, and therefore creates risky conditions for vehicles; and
- The defendants created unreasonable risk by knowingly providing alcoholic beverages to minors.
The mother’s lawsuit contends that these specific allegations are negligence and that the defendants are liable for the wrongful death of her daughter based on Texas premises liability law.
Understanding Texas Premises Liability Law
The mother has the valid right to sue in this case because the owners of the deer camp may have violated Texas premises liability law. The basic concept of premises liability is relatively simple, it means that Texas businesses and property owners have a legal obligations to keep invited guests free from unreasonable risks of harm. You could be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit if unsafe conditions on someone else’s land led directly to your injury. Property owner negligence is not acceptable, and your rights must be protected. You should speak to a Texas personal injury attorney, with experience in premises liability cases, if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Contact An Experienced Texas Personal Injury Attorney
It is important that all property owners keep their property free of unreasonably dangerous hazards. If you are an invited guest onto someone else’s property, that property owner has an legal obligation to keep your free from reasonably preventable harm. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos we have years of experience handling all types of Texas personal injury cases. This includes cases of premises liability. When you, or a family member, is injured by the negligence of another party, fair compensation is rightfully expected. If you have been injured on the property of a business, or just another citizen, contact our experienced San Antonio personal injury team today to schedule a free legal consultation.