Every winter in New York, people head north towards Gore Mountain, Lake
Placid, and other popular resorts to enjoy the snowfall. While snowmobiles
may be a fun mode of transportation around the slopes and mountainous
crags, they are not toys and need to be viewed and treated like the dangerous
vehicles they are. Negligence and recklessness frequently cause dangerous
According to the New York State Office Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
(OPRHP), hundreds of snowmobile accidents happen every year, many of which
cause serious injury. In the winter season of 2014-2015, there 10 reported
fatalities caused by snowmobiles, most of which happened in January when
the mountains were most populous with vacationers and tourists.
What are the Causes of Snowmobile Accidents?
Information collected by the OPRHP from victims of snowmobile accidents
and witnesses to collisions suggest that speeding is the number one cause
of collisions on snowmobiles and other motorized forms of transportation
on the slopes, such as ATVs. It is easy to forget that even though a snowmobile
is specifically designed for transportation over frozen and snowy terrain,
maintaining traction at moderate to high speeds is still difficult. Furthermore,
most snowmobile accidents involve only two parties: the rider and a tree.
Preventing Snowmobile Accidents
Keep these hints in mind to decrease your chances of getting into a snowmobile accident:
Slow down: Don’t push the vehicle too far. It is a means of transportation from
point A to point B, not an amusement park ride.
Stay on trails: Follow designated paths and use even terrain as much as you can. When you
go off course, you risk falling down steep slopes or crashing right into
trees and boulders.
Sober up: While the data is not clear, it is suspected that many snowmobile accidents
could be caused by rider intoxication. If one drink makes it hard for
you to drive your car safely, one drink will also make it difficult to
operate a snowmobile.
Litigation After a Snowmobile Accident
Were you in a snowmobile accident that caused you to suffer serious injury?
You may be eligible to pursue financial compensation from the liable parties.
Even if you collided with a tree, you might not be fully to blame for
the incident. Did you receive proper training from the outpost that allowed
you to rent the snowmobile? Did they give you enough safety equipment?
Were the slopes properly maintained that day? All of these questions and
more could reveal that responsibility for your snowmobile accident should
not rest on your shoulders.
For more information about creating a personal injury lawsuit,
contact our Kingston, New York snowmobile accident attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. We have recovered
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