The long winters on Cape Breton Island can be isolating and tedious, but for the thrillseekers in our community, a high-speed off-highway vehicle could infuse the snowy months with a jolt of energy. Snowmobiles are more than an effective way to travel over snowy terrains during inclement winter weather. They are a high-energy, high-octane source of recreation. They can also give their riders the perfect opportunity to escape into snow-covered scenery and enjoy nature’s wintertime beauty.
Of course, like any motor vehicle, snowmobiles can present a danger to both their riders and the people they encounter. Snowmobile accidents are one of the region’s leading causes of immersion deaths. Without properly inspecting ice conditions before riding an off-highway vehicle over frozen lakes and waterways, snowmobile riders risk submerging their vehicles in frigid bodies of water and risk losing their lives by drowning or contracting hypothermia. Similarly, snowmobile operators who collide with other riders or stationary objects at high speeds risk losing their lives in fatal accidents.
The survivors of serious snowmobile accidents often sustain serious injuries as a result of their collision. In order to avoid injuries while operating their recreational off-highway vehicles, snowmobile riders must exercise caution at all times. However, even the safest, most careful snowmobile operator could sustain injuries as the result of another rider’s negligence.
When negligent snowmobile operators fail to take the safety of others into consideration, their behaviour could cause another person to sustain serious, even permanent, injuries. These injuries may include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Fractured ribs
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- And more
Collisions on snowmobiles are frequently caused by the negligence of another snowmobile operator. More often than not, snowmobile collisions occur at night. After dark, visibility is significantly reduced. In addition to that, negligent snowmobile operators may use the cover of darkness to try getting away with more reckless behaviour. Some all-too common forms of negligence that could cause an injurious accident with another snowmobile rider include:
- Operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Driving recklessly
- Speeding excessively
- Stunt driving
- And more
If the negligence of another snowmobile rider caused you to sustain serious injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Injured snowmobile riders are often required to pay for high costs of medical care, physical rehabilitation, lifestyle adjustments, and other unexpected expenses as a result of their accidents. On top of that, if their injuries prevent them from working, injured accident victims may lose wages and face a reduced earning capability, all because of another vehicle operator’s wrongful conduct.
Our snowmobile accident lawyers have a history of helping injured snowmobile riders pursue civil action to try recovering financial compensation for the damages they have incurred because of their injuries. To learn if you may be eligible to pursue legal action against the at-fault party whose negligence caused you to sustain injuries, book a free initial consultation with our Cape Breton snowmobile accident lawyers today.
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Our snowmobile accident lawyers serving Cape Breton offer a free initial consultation to members of the local community. If you are unsure whether you may be eligible to pursue a civil claim for damages, call Preszler Injury Lawyers to discuss your situation with our Cape Breton snowmobile accident lawyers.