Snowmobiles offer a unique thrill to riders every winter. Few vehicles allow a person to travel off road with the ease and speed that the snowmobile allows. Unfortunately, the same characteristics that make snowmobiling exciting are the same ones that make it potentially dangerous. Like ATVs, personal watercraft, and motorcycles, the speed and maneuverability of snowmobiles make them susceptible to devastating accidents.
Typically, snowmobile accidents are caused by improper operation. Each year, over 13,000 people are injured while riding a snowmobile. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that almost 40% of all fatalities from snowmobile accidents occur because drivers hit a tree or other object, a person, or another vehicle. The top three causes of all snowmobile accidents are physical obstacles, high speeds, or operating while drunk.
To help prevent injury while riding, consider the following safety tips:
If you have been involved in a snowmobile accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. An experienced attorney can protect your interests and fight to hold negligent parties legally accountable for their actions.