Snowmobiles are motorized vehicles intended for travel on snowy terrain. They can be used for a variety of applications, including travel, work-related tasks, military uses, recreation, and sports. In recent years, snowmobiles have been used in winter sports and even in extreme sports involving jumps and competitive race courses.
When they were first introduced to the public, snowmobiles had an average top speed of about 20-30 mph. Currently, some competition snowmobiles can reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Drag racing snowmobiles can sometimes reach speeds of 200 mph.
What Are Some Common Snowmobile Accidents and Injuries?
As mentioned, snowmobiles are now capable of very high speeds. These can result in accidents and injuries that are similar to those involving motorcycles. Snowmobiles can sometimes be difficult to control due to the fact that they are often on ski mechanisms rather than tires, and the snow conditions can be slippery. Common accidents include:
- Tip-overs and rollovers
- Falling off of a ledge or precipice
- Collisions with other snowmobiles
- Collisions with skiers or others not in a vehicle
- Collisions with trees, buildings, and other stationary objects
- Accidents resulting from jumps, spins, and other tricks
Injuries can include neck, back, spine, and head trauma, and other similar injuries.
What Are Some Common Legal Issues Associated with Snowmobile Accidents?
Some snowmobile accidents can involve legal liability. These types of claims typically involve an element of negligence or recklessness. For example, if a snowmobile drives at a very high speed into a crowded area (such as near a ski lodge where many pedestrians are gathered), then the driver would likely be liable because such an action would be reckless.
Other types of legal liability may involve products liability (for instance, if there is a defect with the snowmobile) or criminal violations (such as driving under the influence or disobeying speed limit laws). Property damage can also be a major factor in some snowmobile accidents. Snowmobile accident cases can result in damages award for the injured party or for the party that incurred financial losses.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Snowmobile Accident Legal Issues?
Snowmobile accidents can involve serious injuries as well as major property damage. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with any snowmobile accident issues or conflicts. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation if you need to file a lawsuit and appear in court. Also, if you have specific questions or concerns, your lawyer can provide additional research for you as well.