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Mechanical Failure May Have Caused Deadly Halloween Hayride Crash

According to officials, a mechanical issue may have caused the Jeep serving as the Gauntlet Haunted Night hayride vehicle at Harvest Hill Farms to go down a hill at rapid speed, strike a tree, and overturn earlier this month in Maine. 17-year-old Cassidy Charette sustained fatal injuries in the crash. 22 others were injured.

Charette was with seven other students from her high school for their annual hayride when the tragic vehicle crash happened. Among the injured were two with critical injuries, including 16-year-old Connor Garland and David Brown, 54, who was driving the Jeep. Garland was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital. According to Fox News, Brown was hauling a flatbed trailer as part of the ride.

Following the hayride accident, State Police impounded the 1979 Jeep CJ5a. A safety probe was conducted.

In an accident such as this one, there could be grounds for a personal injury claim or a wrongful death case. Depending on the specifics of what happened, possible parties that could be held liable might include the property owner for premises liability , the vehicle manufacturer for auto products liability, whoever was responsible for maintaining the vehicle, and others.

Premises liability law holds property owners and managers responsible for maintaining the grounds and removing any hazards on the premise. Auto products liability cases typically seek damages for injuries and deaths caused by vehicle defects and malfunctions.

Workers that are injured on the job usually cannot pursue damages from their employer. However, they should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and may be able to file a personal injury case against third parties involved that are not the employer.

In Massachusetts, this is why you want to speak with an experienced personal injury law firm that can help you explore your legal options. Every state has a statute of limitations for how long you have to pursue damages. It is a good idea not to agree to a settlement with other parties until you have spoken with an attorney first.

In Massachusetts, Altman & Altman is a Boston injury law firm that represent victims and their families to recover their financial damages.

Mechanical failure suspected in fatal Maine hayride, Boston.com, October 12, 2014

Maine hayride flips over, killing 1, injuring 22, Fox News/AP, October 12, 2014

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