Winter is rapidly approaching, and snowmobiles will soon be a common sight and in around Salt Lake City. These all-terrain vehicles provide users with both recreational fun and functionality during the winter months around Utah. However, snowmobiles can also lead to severe injuries in the event accidents occur. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., P.C., our Salt Lake City snowmobile accident attorneys want to discuss steps you can take to stay safe while operating these vehicles this winter.
Snowmobile Accidents And Severe Injuries
A study available from the National Library of Medicine indicates that snowmobiling is a winter sport enjoyed by more than two million people of all ages across North America each year. However, the study also points out that these vehicles can weigh more than 600 pounds and travel at speeds of more than 90 mph. Every year, snowmobile accidents result in approximately 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries.
Some of the main causes of snowmobile accidents include excessive speed, driver inexperience, poor judgment, and impaired operation of the snowmobile. Some of the most common injuries victims sustain as a result of these accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Amputations or crush injuries
Tips For Preventing Snowmobile Accidents
Do not fret, because there are ways for you to stay safe when you are on a snowmobile in Utah.
- Inexperienced riders should never be allowed to operate a snowmobile. This impedes the safety of the rider and anybody around them.
- All snowmobiles must be regularly inspected and properly maintained. This includes privately owned snowmobiles as well as those rented out by recreation companies.
- Snowmobiles must be operated within the rules of the jurisdiction they are located in.
- Pack an emergency kit to bring with you anytime you go out on a snowmobile, to include an adjustable rent, a screwdriver, and tape. Bring some extra spark plugs, drive and fan belts, extra keys, and flares. You should also have a basic first aid kit with you.
- Never ride when visibility is poor or when you expect weather conditions to worsen. You should also assess the avalanche risk for the area you will be riding in.
- Never operate a snowmobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs. This will inhibit your reaction times and your ability to make good decisions. Alcohol also increases a person’s risk of severe hypothermia.
Call Our Attorneys For A Free Consultation Of Your Case
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a snowmobile accident caused by the negligent actions of another person, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., P.C., we pledge to investigate every aspect of your case in order to recover the compensation you need. This can include the following:
- Compensation for medical bills
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party