Throughout Western New York, snowmobiling is a popular activity in the winter months. Whether it is for leisure or work, many people snowmobile for a variety of reasons. There are over 1.1 million registered snowmobiles in the U.S.
While snowmobiles can be both exciting and practical, they can also be dangerous. Every year, snowmobile riders suffer severe and even fatal injuries while riding these vehicles.
When snowmobile accidents happen, resulting in serious injury, William Mattar can help. Our experienced accident attorneys help crash victims every day. We will fight to get you the compensation you need to get your life back after a devastating injury. Contact our offices at (844) 444-4444 today to speak to an attorney who will hear your case.
What are Snowmobiles?
Snowmobiles are motorized vehicles steered by skis that are designed to be used in snowy conditions. Roughly 80 percent of snowmobiling is recreational. While many people ride snowmobiles for fun, they can also serve a practical purpose or be used for winter sporting activities, like professional racing.
Snowmobile Regulations in New York
In New York State, snowmobile riding is subject to laws and regulations. Snowmobilers must have a valid registration to operate their vehicle. It is also illegal to ride a snowmobile without a helmet or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sadly, some riders may not follow the law, potentially increasing the risk of a snowmobile accident.
Common Causes of Snowmobile Accidents
There are a few common causes of snowmobile accidents. Some factors that can increase the risk of a snowmobile crash include:
- Alcohol impairment: Many recreational snowmobilers combine drinking with riding. For this reason, alcohol is a cause of snowmobile accidents. Alcohol and other substances impair judgment and increase the risk of an error when operating a snowmobile. This, combined with the other dangers associated with snowmobiles, can lead to a life-changing accident.
- Speeding: Riding a snowmobile can be exhilarating—many of these vehicles reach very high speeds. But speeding on a snowmobile trail can result in a collision with an obstacle or cause a rider or passenger to fall off and sustain a severe injury.
- Dangerous terrain: Certain snowmobile routes and terrain can be hazardous, including wooded trails and areas. Driving in low visibility, such as at night or in inclement weather conditions, is another factor that increases the danger of a particular snowmobile trail. Being unfamiliar with an area and its various natural obstacles can also lead to a accident.
- Inexperience: Like all vehicles, safely operating a snowmobile requires experience and safety precautions. An inexperienced rider may find themselves unable to handle unexpected hazards or challenging terrain.
Types of Snowmobile Collisions
Every snowmobile accident case is different. For instance, some involve a snowmobile colliding with an object, such as a tree. Others involve a driver or passenger being flung from a snowmobile while going over a bump. Some types of collisions involving snowmobiles include:
- Snowmobile rollovers;
- Falls from a steep height;
- Accident because of a snowmobiling trick (such as a jump);
- Collisions with pedestrians or other vehicles; and
- Collisions with obstacles (such as a tree).
If you have been injured in a snowmobile crash of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We are standing by 24/7 to get started on your accident claim.
Snowmobiling Accident Injuries
Accidents sustained in a snowmobile collision can be catastrophic. Suppose a rider, or a passenger, fails to wear the appropriate safety gear (i.e., a helmet). In that case, the risk of suffering a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, is higher. Common types of injuries in snowmobile accidents include head and neck injuries, spinal injuries, and broken bones. Depending on the circumstances, snowmobile accidents can also be fatal.
Serious snowmobiling accident injuries can lead to paralysis or life-long disabilities that require extensive rehabilitation. Long-term medical care or physical therapy can result in costly out-of-pocket expenses, including medical and hospital bills. Accident victims may also no longer be able to work, resulting in a loss of income.
If you are in this situation, an accident attorney can potentially help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact William Mattar today to learn more about your legal options.
Hurt in a Snowmobile Accident? Call William Mattar
The accident lawyers at William Mattar have the experience to represent individuals hurt in a variety of accidents, including snowmobile-related crashes. We understand what accident victims go through after an accident and will do everything we can to help. Schedule a free and confidential initial consultation to speak to one of our lawyers. Just call (844) 444-4444 or complete our online contact form today.