Cruisin’ the Coast 2017: Risks for Attendees and Boaters
This year’s Cruising the Coast in Biloxi and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast has just wrapped up and all signs point to the 2017 event being a stunning success once again. America’s Largest Block Party began in 1996 as a celebration of magnificent and innovative vehicles from all eras; just over two decades later, the festival draws auto enthusiasts from all over the world to admire the amazing cars, enjoy music, and cruise the splendid Gulf Coast shoreline. The 30-mile beachside route along Highway 90 also means plenty of boaters will be in attendance, cruising along in the water and anchoring at the event’s designated stops. Like any event that draws a huge crowd, there’s always the potential for injury-related incidents associated with the fun. With Cruisin’ the Coast, there are risks for those on land, as well as threat of maritime accidents.
Large Crowds = Higher Risks
Dangers abound when large numbers of people congregate in an event location, and it’s up to organizers to take proper precautions to ensure the safety of attendees. Where authorities are careless in setting up tents, stages, fencing, ramps, and other structures, victims can be hurt by:
- Trips, slips, and falls;
- Structure collapses;
- Platform breakdowns; and,
- Countless other equipment failures.
At times, a victim may be injured by other event attendees, a situation that points to negligent security. Organizers may be to blame for insufficient security presence and poor crowd control, which can lead to trampling and suffocation.
For nighttime events, organizers are responsible for ensuring proper lighting. If revelers are unable to see where they’re going, they may trip, collide with stationary objects, slip on stairs, or fall from structures.
Past Incidents at Cruisin’ the Coast
While there were no reports of serious auto accidents at this year’s event, there have been devastating incidents in the past.
- 2012 Fatal Crash: A horrific incident occurred in the heart of the festival as an 8-year-old boy and his family attempted to cross Highway 90. The mother successfully pulled one son away from oncoming traffic, but the other darted beyond her reach into the path of an oncoming truck. He died of his injuries.
- Injuries in 2016 Incident: A driver was executing a “burnout” on Highway 90 when he lost control of the vehicle, sending it careening into five pedestrians and two vehicles. There were multiple injuries in the incident.
Risks for Boaters
The unique location of Cruisin’ the Coast, along the water’s edge, provides mariners the opportunity to enjoy the event from their boat. Under the circumstances, there are significant threats to operators and their passengers:
- Boats don’t have brakes, which makes it difficult to navigate around large numbers of watercraft and avoid accidents;
- Some boaters lack experience and instruction, as Mississippi doesn’t require anyone born before June 30, 1980 to obtain a license or take education courses;
- Boats are surrounded by water, which makes drowning a threat if a victim falls overboard.
Biloxi Attorneys Protect the Rights of Maritime and Auto Accident Victims
As we close the books on Cruisin’ the Coast 2017, we look forward to additional events coming up in the Biloxi and Gulfport, MS area. Attendees are urged to stay safe during festivals and celebrations, but you do have options if you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. For more information, please contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice. We can answer your questions or set up a consultation to review your case.