If you’ve experienced winter in Alberta, you know we expect to see snow on the ground for up to 8 months of the year. Albertans make the most of the fluffy white stuff by enjoying all the great winter recreational activities our province has to offer. Snowmobiling is especially popular for those looking for a fun ride in the backcountry or transportation into areas that would otherwise be difficult to get to. A high-powered snowmobile can reach speeds up to approximately 240 kilometers per hour – that’s more than twice the speed limit on a standard Canadian highway. While outdoor conditions like snow, hills, and various obstacles can factor into how fast a snowmobile is able to go, these machines ultimately have a lot of horsepower, weight, and speed behind them. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed as a result of accidents involving snowmobiles. While some snowmobile accidents are unfortunate mishaps, others are the direct result of another person’s negligence. If you were injured in a snowmobiling accident that was not your fault, you may have grounds to make a claim for compensation. At Litwiniuk & Company, we’ve been handling Personal Injury claims in Calgary since 1976. We understand the complex laws surrounding snowmobile accidents, and we understand the stress you may be feeling. It won’t cost you anything to speak with one of our Calgary Snowmobile Accident lawyers and, if you do choose us, you’ll get a team dedicated to your case that will take the legal weight off your shoulders so you can focus on what matters most – your health and your recovery.
Snow, Speed, & Your SafetyAccording to Alberta Transportation, the major contributing factors in serious snowmobile incidents include excessive speed, not checking the thickness of ice on lakes and rivers, inexperience, inattention, or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Snowmobiles are designed to be used on slippery surfaces, icy and snowy conditions, and other types of terrain that add another element of danger and pose risks to riders. Factors that often contribute to snowmobiling accidents include:
- Excessive speed;
- Falling through ice;
- Manufacture defaults;
- Minors riding unsupervised;
- Lack of care regarding minors;
- Towing tubes, sleds, or saucers;
- Lack of proper protective equipment;
- Riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Natural obstacles, such as trees, large rocks or boulders, cliffs, snow piles, and wire fences.
So you’ve been in a snowmobiling accident – now what?If you were injured in a snowmobiling accident, seek appropriate medical attention immediately. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should get assessed by your family doctor as soon as possible. Your family doctor knows you well and is in the best position to measure the impact of your injuries on your life. Don’t have one? Find a doctor near you here. It can take hours, days, weeks, or even longer to realize the full extent of your injuries. The longer you wait to get assessed, the more difficult it is to prove that your injuries are a direct result of the accident. Your medical charts provide documented proof of your injuries, should you decide to pursue a claim down the road. Common injuries that result from snowmobiling accidents include:
- Sprains and strains;
- Bone fractures;
- Concussions and head injuries;
- Oral and dental damage;
- Various internal injuries;
- Asphyxiation, and
- Loss of life.