Snowmobile Accident Lawyers - Compensation Law
Our snowmobile accident lawyers offer expertise that is second to none in Canada. If one of our snowmobile accident lawyers represents you in your personal injury compensation claim you may rest assured that your case will be dealt with in an efficient, business like manner. If you would like to talk to a snowmobile accident lawyer about personal injury compensation claims, just make contact and a specialist lawyer will give you free advice on your personal injury with no further obligation.
Snowmobiling Popularity and Progress
The Canadian wild wilderness is a snow-covered winter wonderland; its back-country trails coated with snow draws millions of enthusiastic snowmobile fanatics and addicts. Snowmobiling is enjoyed by multitudes of people in every age range. Most believe there isn’t anything that compares to an exhilarating high-speed adventure along Canada’s wilderness trails.
Most sleds reach speeds between 90 and 160 kilometers per hour (kph), contingent upon the weight of the rider and the sled. Other conditions that affect the speed of these machines are the engines cubic centimeters (cc), how much traction is available on snow coated or ice covered trails and waterways, and of course the skill exhibited by the driver. Added turbo boosters can help push these machines upward to 240kph on bare ice and firmly packed snow covered trails. Icy ponds, rivers, and lakes in winter become a natural speedway to many enthusiasts.
Snowmobiling is a multi-billion dollar manufacturing business that employs over 100,000 people. There are in excess of 600,000 registered snowmobiles in Canada, and annual sales reach approximately 50,000 units. Although there are many arguments to the contrary, the snowmobile was invented by a Canadian.
That’s correct, it was first built by a Quebecois, 15 year old Joseph-Armand Bombardier, used an old Model-T frame and attached a sleigh, which seated four, a propeller carved from wood, and the rest as they say, is history. Now see how far the machine has evolved. Not just the machine, but everything associated with snowmobiling. The Canadian wilderness now has groomed trails stretching for thousands of miles, warming stations, and thousands of snowmobile clubs. Sales of clothing and other accessories climbed more than 20 percent in 2014. It has indeed become not just a fad, but a way of life.
In spite of snowmobile manufacturers like Yamaha, Polaris, and Arctic Cat’s active preoccupation with promoting behaviour for safe operation while snowmobiling, groomed trails, scores of brochures, videos, and safety officers on snowmobiles, each year thousands suffer significant injuries, paralysis, or death in accidents on snowmobiles, even to the safest drivers.
*According to the Director of Primary Health Care Information and Clinical Registries at CIHI, “Every year, more than 5,000 Canadians get seriously injured—requiring at least one night’s hospital stay—due to a winter sport or recreational activity.” And, “Of the activities studied, snowmobiling was the only one not over-represented by younger Canadians in terms of hospitalizations: two-thirds (752 out of 1,126) of serious snowmobile injuries occurred in adults age 20 to 49.” Statistically, the average age of legally registered snowmobilers is 44 year of age.
The following are the leading causes of injury and death of snowmobilers, the vast majority happens while riding off-trail, are:
- operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol or drugs
- more than 50 percent of the time accidents are caused by OUI
- excessive speed
- using roads and highways, which unless sanctioned by authorities is illegal
- unfamiliar terrain
- operating after dark
Despite of hundreds of law or safety enforcement officers patrolling on snowmobiles, accidents on snowmobiles caused hospitalisation and even death. Law enforcement patrols cannot be everywhere. In fact the wide majority of accidents happen off-trail. Inasmuch as, snowmobiling is an exciting and fun means of travel, especially on unfamiliar terrain, it is wise to travel in daylight hours, at a slow-rate of speed. Barbed wire fences, wild animals, and intoxicated riders are more apt to be present off-trail rather than groomed trails. Use of groomed trails when accessible is safer.
Snowmobile Accident Lawyers
Have you or a loved one suffered a substantial injury or death at the hands of a reckless snowmobiler? Did that injury or injuries result in hospitalization, death, permanent impairment, or disfigurement? If you answered yes to either of those questions, our snowmobile accident lawyers can assist you in recovering the costs of medical care, necessary alterations to your home to provide wheelchair access, long-term care, and compensation for pain and suffering.
Nearly 90 percent of all personal injury claims are settled out-of-court and our team consists of experienced lawyers, who are adept at negotiating claims with large insurance corporations. It is very important for you to hire a snowmobile accident lawyer with trial experience, should that become necessary, along with the knowledge of insurance companies’ tactics used to dodge paying adequate compensation.
Contact us today to set-up an appointment for a no charge consultation regarding your possible claim. We can provide you with the facts in respects to thresholds assigned to pain and suffering allowances, your loss of income potential, (not subject to thresholds), and advice about your claim’s probable success.
We usually provide representation based on a percentage of the total compensation. So, there are no surprise fees and you won’t have to worry about your ability to pay.