Ermengardi Snowmobile June 01st, 2018 - 04:15:02
Snowmobiling is a fun wintertime activity for places across the country lucky to get enough snow. But just like riding an ATV snowmobiles come with their own set of safety concerns. Snowmobile accidents happen with alarming frequency-an estimate 200 deaths and 14000 injuries occur from snowmobiles each year. These accidents may involve other snowmobiles skiers snowshoers or even vehicles. And because snowmobiles travel at such high speeds with little protection to riders accidents can cause severe injuries if not death.
Before heading out be sure to check the brakes headlights and taillights emergency switch and idle on your snowmobile. Make sure it has enough fuel and battery power and check the machine over thoroughly before you begin your ride. Pack an emergency kit and bring the cell phone and GPS if you have one. Never ride alone. Riding with a friend is not only fun but if things go wrong its good snowmobile safety to have another machine and driver around to help. Being injured and alone is a dangerous situation. Make sure your friends are also driving sober.
Failing to exercise reasonable care when operating a snowmobile can result in liability for any collisions that result. Snowmobile operators may be at fault in a collision for any number of reasons including but not limited to poor skill and intoxication. Reasonable snowmobile riders would not travel in crowded areas if they were unfamiliar with the machine operate the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or travel at excessively high speeds. If the owner of the snowmobile is different from the person driving it the owner may also be liable for damages.
A heavy snow can conceal large rocks or felled trees beneath a seemingly uniform surface causing damage to the machine and a loss of control. Property owners have a duty to keep their property free of latent defects although the property owner must know or have reason to know about the particular defect and that people will be crossing the property on a snowmobile. What constitutes constructive knowledge varies by jurisdiction. Manufacturer Liability In some limited cases the manufacturer of the snowmobile may be liable for damages.