(b) Owner. -- Any person, public agency or corporation owning an interest in land utilized for recreational trail purposes pursuant to this article shall be treated as an "owner" for purposes of this article.
(c) Specific limitations on liability. -- Except as specifically recognized by or provided in subsection (d) of this section, an owner or lessee who provides the public with land or who owns adjoining land to the trail under this article is not, by providing that trail or land or owning land adjoining the trail:
(1) Presumed to extend any assurance that the land is safe for any purpose;
(2) Incur any duty of care toward a person who goes on that land; or
(3) Become liable for any injury to persons or property caused by an act or an act of omission of a person who goes on that land.
(d) Exception. --
(1) This section does not apply to the owner or lessee of the land used as a trail if there is any charge made or usually made for entering or using the trail or land, or any part thereof.
(2) This section does not apply to the owner of land adjoining a trail if there is any charge made or usually made by the owner of such adjoining land for using the trail or land, or any part thereof, or if any commercial or other activity relating to the use of the trail whereby profit is derived from the patronage of the general public is conducted on such adjoining land, or on any part thereof.
(3) The foregoing applies whether the person going on the land provided or adjoining is an invitee, licensee, trespasser or otherwise.
(e) This article does not relieve any person of liability which would otherwise exist for deliberate, willful or malicious injury to persons or property. The provisions of this article do not create or increase the liability of any person.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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