Designed for travel over snow and ice, snowmobiles are specifically built to operate in wintry conditions. In Edmonton, snowmobiles are commonly used for recreational purposes, as well as transportation to remote areas. They can also serve certain professional applications in provincial parks, on hiking trails, and ski paths.
Powered by an internal combustion engine and usually fueled by gasoline, snowmobiles can reach varying speeds depending on the model and design. Some high-performance models can achieve speeds over 160 kilometers per hour.
While these high-speed vehicles can inject a much-needed sense of excitement into any thrillseeker’s long, dull winter season, snowmobile riding can be exceedingly dangerous. Each year, on average 73 people die in snowmobile accidents.
Most fatal snowmobile accidents are single-vehicle events, meaning the snowmobile rider inadvertently loses their life in a submersion while riding over thin ice or by colliding with a stationary object (most commonly, with a tree). However, 20% of fatal snowmobile accidents involve multiple vehicles.
Multi-vehicle snowmobile accidents are frequently the result of one rider’s negligence. People who operate off-highway vehicles – including snowmobiles – are required to fulfill a common duty of care to the people around them. If a snowmobile operator does not uphold this responsibility and, instead, engages in negligent conduct, their wrongful actions (or inactions) could cost innocent Edmonton residents their lives.
Common examples of negligence that frequently lead to injury-causing snowmobile accidents include:
Riders and trail-users who manage to survive a collision caused by a negligent snowmobile rider often sustain injuries ranging in severity from moderate to catastrophic. Recovering from these injuries can be a long, grueling, and expensive process.
Although all off-highway vehicle operators in the province are required to have liability insurance that should cover the costs associated with an accident victim’s injuries, insurance providers do not always make the process of collecting fair compensation simple or straightforward. Indeed, insurance companies often find reasons to deny an injured snowmobile accident survivor’s claim for coverage, especially if there were no witnesses at the time of the collision on the trail.
Our Edmonton snowmobile accident lawyers have experience fighting against the unfair tactics used by insurance companies to withhold funding from deserving accident survivors. If you were injured in a collision caused by another snowmobiler’s negligence, consider contacting us to receive a free initial consultation on your case. Our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Edmonton are standing by to provide you with personalized, case-specific legal advice. To learn about your options, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
No one should be forced to pay the price of someone else’s negligence. If a reckless, distracted, inebriated, or otherwise negligent snowmobile rider caused you to sustain injuries in a collision, our Edmonton snowmobile accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Edmonton work on a contingency-fee basis. That means you don’t pay unless we win. To take advantage of your free initial consultation and learn about options for financial recovery that might be available, call our Edmonton snowmobile accident lawyers today.
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