Layton Snowmobile Accident Lawyer
Utah’s beautiful mountains make it a mecca for the snowmobile enthusiast—and for the inevitable snowmobile accident claims that follow seem to follow these recreational vehicles wherever they go. While many snowmobile accidents are just that—accidents, due to driver error—sometimes the driver is not responsible at all. If someone else’s negligence caused you to become injured as a snowmobile rider, then you have a right to collect damages from the at-fault party. At Jardine Law Offices P.C., our snowmobile accident attorney can be a lifeline for accident victims, helping them to collect monetary compensation for their losses and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
Statistics on Snowmobile Accidents
- More than 10,000 emergency department visits were due to snowmobile accidents between 1997 and 1998
- The snowmobile is responsible for 14,000 accidents and more than 200 deaths per year
- Children under 17 years of age make up 12 percent of those injured by snowmobiles; 10 percent of those sustaining injuries in snowmobile accidents are under 15 years of age
- Head trauma is the number one cause of death due to snowmobile accidents
Causes of Snowmobile Accidents
A number of factors can cause a snowmobile accident. Some of the most common causes include:
- Speeding: Since snowmobiles often reach speeds of over 90 mph, it’s easy to lose control of the vehicle, especially when sliding into curves.
- Losing control of the vehicle: Racing at high speeds in hazardous weather conditions, as well as over wet ground, can easily cause snowmobile drivers to lose control of their vehicle, especially when they are inexperienced at driving it.
- Rollover: Snowmobiles generally weigh more than 600 pounds; losing control while racing at high speeds can easily cause the sled to roll over and crush the driver and any passengers beneath, resulting in fractures, broken bones, head injuries, or worse.
- Striking a fixed object: Snowmobile drivers often crash into fixed objects, such as trees, fences, or road signs, when racing over snow.
- Striking another snowmobile: Crashing into another snowmobile can easily happen, whether it’s your fault or the other driver’s. Even if it’s clear out, the sun’s light glaring off the snow can make it hard to see, creating blind spots and causing accidents to happen.
- Mechanical malfunctions: Malfunctions or mechanical defects can have traumatic, even fatal side effects.
- Driver intoxication: Attempting to control a vehicle when you’re judgment is impaired is never a good idea, as the risks of crashing increase dramatically.
Sometimes an accident is unavoidable; drivers make honest mistakes, and they’re responsible for their own actions. But this is not always the case. A poorly laid-out track, for instance, might cause an inexperienced rider to crash, causing serious and significant bodily injury. A snowmobile course that is not maintained properly may also lead to rider injuries. There are also injuries that result from mechanical failure of the snowmobile or faulty designs; when this happens, the manufacturer or the distributor may be held to account.
Getting Help with Your Snowmobile Accident Claim
If you’ve been injured due to no fault of your own while riding a snowmobile, you have a right to compensation, and our Layton snowmobile accident attorney can help. Let us guide you through the legal system and hold the big insurers accountable for your losses. Schedule your no-cost consultation now.