For those who thrive in winter weather, there is no thrill quite like the exhilaration of riding a snowmobile recreationally. Whether exploring the snow-capped scenery on a solo expedition or completing an expedition with family and friends, snowmobile enthusiasts wait all year for their chances to fly through the wintery local terrain at high speeds.
However, like any other motor vehicle, operating a snowmobile can be dangerous. Without proper preparation, snowmobile expeditions can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. Each year, on average 73 people die in snowmobile accidents.
Experienced snowmobilers can appreciate the importance of taking appropriate safety measures, such as checking the weather and ice conditions, before leaving home. That is because most fatal snowmobile accidents are single-vehicle events. Snowmobile riders should never operate their vehicles alone, and should always have a buddy accompanying them in case of emergency.
Even though only 20% of fatal snowmobile accidents involve multiple vehicles, far too many unnecessary lives are lost because of the negligence of other off-highway vehicle riders. If a snowmobile operator does not uphold the duty of care they are required to extend to others their wrongful actions could cost innocent Wood Buffalo residents their lives.
The majority of snowmobile accidents take place at night. With lower visibility, snowmobilers need to exercise even more caution when operating their machines. However, many joy-riding snowmobilers do the exact opposite after nightfall.
By violating the province’s rules of regulations of off-highway vehicle operation, negligent snowmobile riders can cause fatal or injurious collisions with other drivers or trail-users. Common examples of negligence that frequently lead to injury-causing snowmobile accidents include:
If a person sustained injuries in a snowmobile accident, their road to recovery could be long, challenging, and expensive. Unfortunately, insurance providers do not always make the process of collecting fair compensation simple or straightforward for injured snowmobile accident survivors.
Even though all off-highway vehicle operators – including snowmobilers – should have liability insurance to cover the costs incurred by injured accident victims, insurance companies often find reasons to deny these claims. Without legal assistance, it can be difficult for injured snowmobile accident survivors to fight for fair compensation.
Our Wood Buffalo snowmobile accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To learn more about courses of action you may be able to pursue, consider contacting us to receive a free initial consultation on your case.
Our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Wood Buffalo are standing by to provide you with personalized, case-specific legal advice during a cost-free, no-obligation initial consultation. Additionally, our Wood Buffalo snowmobile accident lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis. That means you are not required to pay for our services unless we win your case.
To take advantage of your free initial consultation and learn about options for financial recovery that might be available, call our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Wood Buffalo today.
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