Every year, Alberta sees roughly 73,000 snowmobile registrations. Snowmobiles are a lot of fun, but they can be dangerous, too.
There are roughly 14,000 snowmobile injuries every year. Approximately 200 accidents result in deaths.
It may surprise you to know you can bring forth a personal injury or wrongful death suit on a snowmobile accident. Yet snowmobiles are a type of vehicle, and operators are held to a duty of care to prevent accidents.
What causes most snowmobile accidents?
There are five common reasons for snowmobile accidents. They are:
- Driving under the influence
- Poor visibility
- Poor weather conditions
- Mechanical failures
Driver inexperience may also play a role.
While it’s easy to assume driving a recreational vehicle like a snowmobile might be easier than driving a car, remember you’re still operating a machine that weighs roughly 226 kg and can achieve speeds of up to 322 KMh. You may be contending with less traffic than you’d have in a car, but many risks are similar.
Who pays for Ski-Doo accidents in Alberta?
In Alberta, you’re required by law to hold a class 5 driver’s license, snowmobile registration, and insurance. The negligent operator’s insurance policy should pay for the damage if you get into a snowmobile accident. If mechanical failure caused the accident, your attorney can help you hold the manufacturer or retailer accountable.
You have every right to seek compensation for your injuries after a snowmobile accident. A snowmobile personal injury case can help you cover your medical bills, dental bills, ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. Alberta also allows you to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
If you have lost a parent, child, or spouse in a snowmobile injury, you have the right to make a wrongful death claim.
What to Do If You’re Injured in a Snowmobile Accident
Seek medical attention first, and follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
If you are medically capable of doing so, gather evidence while waiting for help. This includes taking pictures of the accident site, collecting any witnesses’ names and contact information, and gathering the name and insurance information of the snowmobile operator who hit you.
Contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.
While you may have heard that personal injury cases in Alberta offer a two-year limitation period, there is rarely any value in waiting. Moving quickly can help us gather vital evidence that is likely to disappear over time. It also allows us to file claims with the appropriate insurance companies and deal with them on your behalf.
Get Help Today
Our attorneys have decades of experience dealing with Snowmobile cases, and we’re ready to help you bring your case to its best possible outcome.
It is almost impossible to receive adequate damages by attempting to handle a snowmobile personal injury claim alone.
If you’ve been injured in a Ski-Doo accident, don’t delay. Contact Merchant Law today.