Riding a snowmobile can be a fun family activity, but these vehicles are potentially dangerous. Snowmobile accidents cause about 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries every year, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. These injuries most often occur when:
- The snowmobile strikes another motorized vehicle, a tree, or a rock.
- A rider falls off the snowmobile.
- The snowmobile is loaded or unloaded from a trailer.
Stay Safe Out There
Prevent injuries and have an exhilarating day out in the snow by following these safety tips:
- Map out your route. Know the local terrain, and watch out for trail obstructions such as fallen tree limbs or rocks.
- Check your equipment. Always inspect your gear and perform safety checks before each ride. Take care to avoid burns when fueling your snowmobile.
- Observe local regulations. Snowmobile operating rules can vary, but they were all created to help you stay safe.
- Pack an emergency kit. Always carry a small tool kit with the essentials, such as an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, and tape. Pack extra spark plugs, drive and fan belts, an extra key, and flares. Don’t forget your first aid kit.
- Watch the weather. Never ride when visibility is poor. Don’t ride a snowmobile on ice if you’re unsure of its thickness or condition. In some areas, you may need to assess the risk of avalanche.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol slows down your reaction times and inhibits your ability to make good decisions. It also increases the risk of hypothermia.
- Be particularly careful when transporting your snowmobile. Take care to prevent muscle strains and crush injuries when loading the snowmobile on and off trailers.
You Need an Attorney
Unfortunately, even when you’re careful, a day of fun in the snow can sometimes lead to devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a snowmobile accident caused by another person, we invite you to contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.