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Friday, March 25, 2016
Lawsuit Results After Couple Drowns at Mammoth Cave National Park
Can the National Park be responsible for the deaths of a couple that drove off their ferry?
When you go to visit a National Park or other tourist attraction, the last thing on your mind is your safety. Although you should be cautious at any attraction, the operators of the attraction also have a duty to keep you safe. If you are being transported in any way within the attraction it must be done in a reasonably safe manner. Recently, the representatives of a couple killed while visiting a National park in Kentucky have filed a lawsuit.
Donald and Michelle Meredith went to visit Mammoth Cave National Park in March of 2015. After completing their activities they boarded one of the park’s ferries. These ferries carry passengers over the Green River, which bisects the park. They drove their car onto the ferry and then drove off the other side into the river. Trapped in their vehicle, they eventually drowned. Now a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the park. The plaintiffs allege that the park “failed to provide a reasonably safe way to get on and off the ferry” and that this caused the couple’s death.
In order to be successful in a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiffs must prove that the defendant was negligent or intended to cause harm and that this lead to the death of a human being. Therefore, the plaintiffs in this lawsuit must prove that the ferry was operated in a negligent manner and that this caused the Merediths to plunge to their death. As the couple was operating their own vehicle, it may come down to a case of contributory negligence, where the injured parties are allocated a certain amount of fault and their award is reduced by that percentage.
If you have been injured at a tourist attraction or in any other type of accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries. It is best to meet with a Kentucky personal injury attorney soon after the incident to evaluate your case and to ensure that the lawsuit is filed in a timely manner.