Snowmobiling is an exhilarating winter sport that more and more people are taking up. However, as the interest in snowmobiling increases, the frequency of snowmobiling accidents resulting in serious injury and fatality is increasing as well. In the state of Wisconsin, there were 166 total accidents reported and 16 fatalities in the 2016-2017 season, as reported by the Wisconsin DNR. In almost all of these deaths, speed and alcohol played a very significant role.
If you have been injured in a snowmobiling accident due to someone else’s negligence, or if you have lost a loved one in a snowmobiling accident, the snowmobile accident lawyers at Bye, Goff & Rohde can help you understand your legal options and right to financial compensation.
Injuries in a Snowmobiling Accident
Snowmobiling accidents can result in serious injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Knee and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones and amputation, especially in cases of frostbite
- Serious medical conditions
- Wrongful death
How Snowmobiling Accidents Happen
As mentioned above, speed and alcohol account for several fatalities on snowmobiles.
However, other factors that can play a part in snowmobiling accidents include:
- Lack of experience
- Reckless driving
- Collision with another snowmobile
- Negligence of the driver
- Improper servicing and maintenance
- Manufacturing defects to the snowmobile
- Collision with a fixed object
- Collision with a motor vehicle
- Ice or water hazards
- Improper maintenance to the snowmobiling area
If you have lost a loved one in a snowmobiling accident, you are probably experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. Unless you were there when it happened, you are most likely wondering what went wrong and who was responsible for the accident. Snowmobiling accidents can leave victims in the cold snow for hours, if not days. Head trauma, sheer impact, and freezing are all leading causes of death in snowmobiling accidents.
Seek Experienced Legal Help
If you have been a victim of a snowmobile accident, you need to seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney. Whether you were a driver, a passenger, or an innocent bystander, you do have options.
Above all, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering including damages for:
- Medical-related costs (medications, specialized equipment, hospitalization)
- Loss of income and projected income
- Rehabilitation costs (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy)
- Loss of quality of life
At Bye, Goff & Rohde, we work with specialists and officers to get to the bottom of what happened. In addition, we can determine your chance of winning a lawsuit against the person or persons responsible for your injury.
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