Snowmobiles, as they become more popular and faster, have seen an increase in the number of injuries to their users. They are becoming ever more popular in the cooler climates of North America and Europe. Unfortunately, this has lead to the trails becoming more and more crowded which has increased the number of injuries.
The average age of an injured snowmobiler is 29. In addition, men are injured more frequently than women. In fact, a man is three times as likely to be injured in a snowmobile accident as a woman is. Accidents are more common in the afternoon and evening hours. This is probably due to the trails and areas getting dark.
The majority of injury accidents were caused by the snowmobile striking a man-made object or terrain, such as trees. The injuries are frequently due to alcohol use and the high speed attained by the newer generation of snowmobiles.
When an accident is fatal, the most common causes are a head injury, a neck injury, or drowning. While drowning may seem odd, many people drown on snowmobiles when they take their vehicle over a frozen lake or river whose ice isn’t thick enough to support the weight of a snowmobile. Soft tissue, nerve, and skeletal trauma are the most prevalent injuries that are associated with non-fatal snowmobile injuries. The majority of deaths are head injury related. This is due to operators striking fixed objects.
Operators can also be injured by falling off the snowmobile or by being run over. Burns are often possible when loading or unloading the snowmobile. Children, even when they are not on snowmobiles are capable of being injured by snowmobiles. The sleds which are commonly pulled behind snowmobiles can overturn and strike the child. Or, they can be hit by other snowmobiles in the area.
If you have been injured in a snowmobiling accident, contact the Waukesha snowmobile injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.