Milford Hayride Accident Results in Several Injuries
October is a time for apple cider, doughnuts, corn mazes, and hayrides. The last thing anyone expects is to get injured from being thrown off a hayride, but that’s exactly what happened in Milford, Michigan just a few days ago. A tractor trailer at Camp Dearborn, a recreational facility that provides family-friendly events year-round, tipped over, spilling the 18 riders to the ground. While no one had life threatening injuries, at least three people were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Although the cause of the accident was unclear, after investigation, the police found that the driver of the tractor trailer had been drinking earlier in the night and had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .06. In Michigan, it is a crime to have a BAC of .08 or greater if you are 21 years old or older.
There are currently no state regulations overseeing the safety of hayrides, which some people believe is due to the fact that hayrides are typically held on private property. With that in mind, it is of the utmost importance for you to keep safety at top of mind when going on a hayride. Here are a few tips to stay safe on a hayride:
- Listen to instructions. Without government safety regulations, it is best to follow the property’s safety rules put place.
- Stay seated. Although tractor trailers don’t have high speeds for hayrides, it is important not to risk rocking the trailer or throwing the weight off balance.
- Trust your instincts. If it looks like the driver of the trailer appears to be drunk or in any way impaired, do not get on the hayride and let the property manager or an official know.
Remember that drinking and driving, no matter what kind of vehicle, is against the law and never ok. At our Birmingham, Michigan law firm, we have seen our fair share of car accidents where drinking has been a factor. If you have been injured as a result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, call Goodwin & Scieszka’s offices right away. You don’t pay us until we win.