Snowmobile Accident Claims

During the long, cold winter season, many Albertans brave the frigid temperatures and explore the countryside on the back of a high-powered snowmobile. Snowmobiling can infuse a high-octane rush of adrenaline into the otherwise placid winter months. It is an activity that friends and families can enjoy together. It affords Albertans the opportunities to experience dramatic snowscapes, stunning nature views, and a jolt of excitement.

Unfortunately, snowmobiling can also be dangerous. Across the country, on average 73 people die in snowmobile accidents each year. Those who are fortunate enough to survive a traumatic snowmobile accident in the wilderness frequently sustain a host of injuries, ranging in severity from moderate to catastrophic. These injuries often include:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Strains and sprains
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputations
  • And more

Recovering from injuries sustained in Alberta snowmobile accidents can be a long, painful, emotionally draining, and expensive process. However, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If your injuries were the result of another person’s negligence, our snowmobile accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for damages you have incurred and damages you will incur in the future. To learn more, contact us today.

How Do Snowmobile Accidents Occur?

Fatal snowmobile accidents can be caused by submersions. These can occur when snowmobile riders attempt to operate their vehicles on insufficiently frozen lakes and other bodies of water. Snowmobiling expeditions require advanced preparation. Extra care should be taken if a person plans on riding their snowmobile on a large body of ice. It is important to check the condition of the ice to ensure it will be safe to ride on and can support the snowmobile’s weight. If the ice is too thin, submersion accidents can occur. When this happens, unprepared snowmobile riders can lose their lives to hypothermia or by drowning.

The majority of snowmobile accidents that end in fatalities or severe injuries involve a collision with a stationary object. As it so happens, 80% of the deadly snowmobile accidents across the country have been single-vehicle events. Nearly half of those single-vehicle crashes occurred when the rider collided with a tree.

Speed, poor visibility, and inebriation often play a role in injury-causing snowmobile accidents. In fact, the use of alcohol and/or drugs factor into more than half of fatal snowmobile accidents throughout the country. The negligence of a snowmobile rider frequently contributes to the circumstances that cause accidents, either with a single-vehicle or multiple riders.

Snowmobile riders owe a common duty of care to other snowmobilers and trail-users. By engaging in wrongful conduct while operating their potentially dangerous machines, negligent snowmobile riders could endanger the lives and livelihoods of their peers.

Common examples of negligence that frequently lead to injury-causing snowmobile accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Excessive speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Night riding with improper lighting
  • And more

If you were injured in an accident caused by another snowmobile rider’s negligence, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers and take advantage of a free initial consultation.

What to Do After a Snowmobile Accident in Alberta

Before setting out on a leisurely snowmobile expedition, no one imagines that their day will end in a life-changing accident. However, being prepared for the worst case scenario could help save lives. If you are  involved in a snowmobile accident it is important to take the following immediate actions:

  • Check for injuries: Check yourself and others involved in the accident for injuries. If anyone is injured, call for emergency medical services right away.
  • Call for help: If you have cell phone reception, call 911 to report the accident and request assistance. If you do not have cell phone reception, send someone to get help as soon as possible.
  • Exchange information: Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident and witnesses to the accident. Record their names, addresses, phone numbers, and exchange insurance information.
  • Document the scene: Take pictures of the scene of the accident, the snowmobiles involved in the collision, and any injuries sustained.
  • Contact your insurance company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Schedule a free initial consultation with our legal team>

How Our Legal Team Can Help

In Alberta, it is compulsory for anyone who operates an off-highway vehicle– including a snowmobile– to have liability insurance. Therefore, if you were injured in a snowmobile accident caused by a negligent rider, their insurance policy should cover the costs associated with their injuries. Unfortunately, insurance providers often complicate matters for injured snowmobile accident survivors rather than rectifying them in a timely and efficient manner. Insurance companies may dispute the injured party’s claims, assert that their own actions were responsible for the collision, or deny their claim altogether.

We are familiar with the unfair tactics often employed by insurance providers to withhold compensation from deserving accident victims. If your injury-causing accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help you recover compensation for costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering you have incurred as a result of the injuries you have sustained. To learn more, call our legal team today and receive a free initial consultation on your case.

Free Consultation Regarding Your Snowmobile Accident Claim

During a cost-free, no-obligation initial consultation with our legal team, you will have the opportunity to receive personalized, case-specific legal advice and learn if you might be eligible to pursue a civil claim for compensation.

We are committed to helping injured members of the local community get the fair treatment and fair compensation they are rightfully owed. To learn more about options for financial recovery that may be available to you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.

 

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