Denver Snowmobile Accident Attorneys
Colorado is known for its beautiful snowy mountains. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a thrilling snowmobile ride. But snowmobiles come with risks. They’re fast, weigh several hundred pounds, and travel over rough terrain. One rock hidden beneath the snow could spell disaster for the driver and any passengers. If you or a loved one have been injured in a snowmobile crash due to someone else’s negligence, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. toll-free at (877) 433-3906.
Each year in North America there are hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries related to snowmobile crashes. In order to keep yourself safe as you enjoy your favorite winter pastime, you need to know how snowmobile crashes are caused.
- Operating a snowmobile at night
- Ice or water hazards
- Driving while intoxicated
- Lack of experience
- Reckless driving
- Collision with an object
- Collision with another snowmobile
- Collision with a vehicle
- Improper maintenance
- Manufacturing defects
Snowmobile crashes can quickly turn deadly. Victims are often not found for hours, sometimes even days, after the crash occurs. Knowing the potential dangers and keeping them in mind is the first step in ensuring safe travels across the Colorado snow.
A snowmobile accident can be devastating and life-altering. The vehicles are heavy, difficult to operate for new drivers, and the terrain is hazardous. They’re extra dangerous if you drive alone, as you can become stranded in a hard to access area. Given that snowmobiles are used in the snow and ice, drivers are at a high risk of frostbite after a crash if they do not receive medical attention. Victims of a snowmobile collision or crash are at risk for the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal damages
- Broken bones
- Knee and back injuries
- Serious medical conditions
- Wrongful death
Enjoying the snow and mountains is a classic Colorado pastime, but it can be dangerous too. Be sure to wear warm clothes and safety gear, such as a helmet and eye protection, while operating a snowmobile. Let friends and family know where you will be traveling and when to expect you back. Don’t travel alone, if possible. The last thing you want is to collide with a rock and be stranded and injured with no help.
Determining liability in a snowmobile crash can be complicated. Sometimes no one is liable for a snowmobiling crash. Terrain can be hard to see under the snow, and visibility may be low depending on the weather and time of day. However, if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, he or she should be held accountable.
Crashes may occur due to a deficiency in your snowmobile. In that case, the manufacturer would be responsible for your injuries. Or, if you rented your snowmobile and it is found the rental office did not do proper maintenance checks on the vehicle, then they would be held liable. As with all vehicle accidents, it’s also possible someone else ran into you, causing a collision. Whatever the reason, the negligent person would be at fault for any damages caused.
When making a claim against someone for a snowmobile collision, you can file for any related medical costs, any loss of income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. This holds true if you were a driver, passenger, or bystander caught in a collision.
Being injured, or having a loved one who was injured, in a snowmobile crash is incredibly stressful and frightening. Contacting a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. But you deserve the very best help available. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will put you first, and fight for your wellbeing. Contact us at (877) 433-3906 for a no-charge initial consultation.