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Snowmobiling is a favorite pastime in Maine. The state has 13,000 miles of signed trails, giving ample room to the 100,000 registered snowmobiles. Snowmobilers, however, must keep safety in mind. Snowmobile accidents can lead to serious personal injury, particularly when emergency crews have a long way to travel to reach the accident victim. In some cases the accident may be the result of a dangerous consumer product, if a defect in the manufacturing or assembly of the vehicle was at fault. In other cases, a pedestrian accident occurs because of an irresponsible driver.
The passengers aboard a snow machine have a certain responsibility to act with prudence and safety, just like passengers on an ATV or motorcycle. However, if they are injured by the operator's recklessness, they may have a claim against that operator.
Common snowmobile injuries
Some common snowmobile injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion or other head injury
- Loss of limb
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Damage to internal organs
- Frostbite or other exposure waiting for rescue
Snowmobile safety tips
The following are safety tips for snowmobilers to reduce risk of injury:
- Control your speed. Slow down when you approach other sledders. It is illegal to operate a snowmobile in a manner which endangers another person or property.
- Don't snowmobile while intoxicated. Just as it is illegal to operate a vehicle on the roadway while intoxicated, it is illegal to operate a snowmobile if the operator has a blood-alcohol content higher than .08 percent.
- Stop for law enforcement. This includes game wardens, foresters, rangers, and local law enforcement.
- Use lights. It's a good idea to keep your headlights on at all times, but they must be on 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
- Yield to wildlife. Wildlife in their natural habitat have the right of way. Yield to animals on trails.
- Be prepared. Carry a trail map with you and dress in layers to stay warm when cold and cool when hot. Carry an emergency kit that includes tools for any potential repairs.
- Ride safely. Wear a helmet and don't ride alone. Use caution when crossing public roads or bodies of water. Never try to hurdle snow banks. You are in control of your sled when the snowmobile is on the ground.
The following are some snowmobile brands:
- Arctic Cat
Snowmobile accidents can happen to anyone. Our experienced team of attorneys can help if you or a loved one is a victim. Call Joe today.
You've heard of snowmobile accidents happening, but perhaps never imagined you or a loved one would be injured in one. There can be shock over how complicated the process becomes. You may be overwhelmed with medical bills and insurance company paperwork. Let our experience guide you. Call Joe today at 1-877-294-6813. Our attorneys have been helping Maine families cope with personal injury cases for more than three decades. You don't have to pay us anything before you win your settlement, and there is no cost for an initial consultation. Contact our offices today.