We know that it is still Summer out there, but that does not mean we shouldn’t plan ahead for Winter activities. As the temperatures cool, we know many of our residents and visitors are going to be getting onto snowmobiles. We also know that these vehicles and cause serious injuries. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our Salt Lake City snowmobile accident lawyer want to ensure everyone stays safe. Today, we wanted to take a minute to remind everyone of the dangers and give some safety tips for snowmobile use.
What are the dangers of snowmobiles?
Snowmobiles are used by many people in this state for both recreational and regular transportation purposes. In some areas of Utah during the winter, you can only get around using snowmobiles. However, these vehicles can cause serious injuries when handled incorrectly or due to the negligence of others.
Snowmobiles can weigh as much as 600 pounds. One medical article says that snowmobiles cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year in the US. The article claims that many snowmobile injuries occur due to:
- Excessive speed
- Driver inexperience
- Poor judgment
Injuries that occur to both adults and children can be severe. It is not uncommon to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a snowmobile accident:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
- Significant disfigurement
There were multiple deaths earlier this year in Utah due to snowmobile accidents. Experts say that snowmobiling is gaining popularity in this state.
Some snowmobile safety tips
In Utah, anyone 16 years of age and with a valid driver’s license can operate a snowmobile without an education or safety equipment. Riders ages 8 to 15 must take a safety course before getting onto a sled pulled by a snowmobile. We recommend that riders:
- Always take a safety course before heading out
- Check weather conditions before snowmobiling and watch for changing weather patterns
- Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear
- Inspect the snowmobile before you ride
- Always bring someone with you
- Carry a first aid kit and a repair kit
- Avoid going over frozen rivers
- Stay on marked trails
- Do not speed
- Do not overload the snowmobile
- Never drink and drive a snowmobile
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a snowmobile crash that was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person or company, please seek legal assistance immediately. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work today. We will investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party
When you need a Salt Lake City snowmobile accident attorney, you can contact us by calling at 801-350-3506 for a free consultation.