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Tips for Reducing the Dangers of Snowmobile Accidents

When people head out to the white, snowy trails to enjoy their snowmobiles, they are taking serious risks that can be minimized. A snowmobile is a heavy and dangerous vehicle when you do not treat it with the proper respect. Some of the potential injuries from a snowmobile personal injury accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Brain injury
  • Back injury
  • Eye injury
  • Hypothermia

Snowmobiling can be fun, but there are some tips everyone should follow to make sure that the day is not ruined by a serious accident.

Dress Appropriately

When you head out on your snowmobile, you need to be dressed for the conditions and the potential danger. Always wear a snowmobile protective suit to make sure that your skin does not come into contact with cold air or snow. The proper gloves, boots and goggles should also be worn at all times. Safety gear such as a helmet, arm protection and leg protection should also be part of your snowmobiling attire. You never plan on having a snowmobile accident, but you should always dress to minimize the consequences of getting into an accident in the cold.

Never Go Alone

Some snowmobilers love to head out into the wide open trails and plains located in the middle of nowhere. When you go snowmobiling, always go with at least one or two other people so that you can all keep an eye on each other. If you know that you will be in an area that does not get cellular reception, bring a satellite phone in case you need to call for help.

Watch For Hidden Dangers

The snow has a way of covering up large holes in the ground, large rocks and other obstacles that can do severe damage to you and your snowmobile. Always go slow until you are familiar with the terrain and know what dangers to avoid. You should also never take your snowmobile out on any ice because you never know if the ice is strong enough to support your weight and the weight of your snowmobile. Just a few moments in freezing water could result in severe medical issues, including death.

Be Safe

Snowmobiling is fun, but you need to have the same respect for a snowmobile that you have for any other vehicle. Maintain your snowmobile on a regular basis to make sure that it is always safe to ride. Never drink alcohol when you are operating a snowmobile as that can have disastrous results. Be careful when you have a passenger on your snowmobile, and do not have passengers on snowmobiles that are not designed to carry them. Your passenger should have the same protective clothing and gear on that you have. If you maintain a high level of respect for a snowmobile and the conditions you are driving it in, then you can significantly reduce the chances of a serious personal injury accident.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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