Each winter, local residents of Lethbridge set out on scenic expeditions atop a high-powered, high-speed off-road vehicle to infuse their seasonal doldrums with a jolt of excitement and energy. Snowmobiles are as fun as they are fast. Depending on the model and design, snowmobiles can even achieve speeds over 160 kilometers per hour.
Given their vehicles’ capabilities for speed, seasoned snowmobile riders can appreciate the importance of safety, caution, and alertness while engaging in this fun recreational activity. Unfortunately, riding a snowmobile can be dangerous, even deadly. Each year, on average 73 people die in snowmobile accidents.
Only 20% of fatal snowmobile accidents involve multiple vehicles. Most fatal snowmobile accidents are the result of submersions in frozen bodies of water or collisions with a stationary object. If a multi-vehicle snowmobile accident occurs, it is often the result of one rider’s negligence.
Anyone who operates a snowmobile (or, indeed, any off-highway vehicle) is required by law to fulfill a duty of care to the other people they may encounter on the trail. Failing to uphold this duty of care by engaging in any form of wrongful conduct could be considered negligence. For example, a snowmobile rider may be considered negligent if they:
If a snowmobile rider fails to exercise a reasonable degree of caution while operating their off-road vehicle, other snowmobilers and trail-users can be seriously injured in a collision. As a consequence of violating the rules governing the use of off-highway vehicles, the at-fault party whose negligence led to an accident could be responsible for financially compensating the people injured because of their recklessness.
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 Lethbridge 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 Lethbridge 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 Lethbridge snowmobile accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Lethbridge 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 Lethbridge snowmobile accident lawyers today.
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