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Pursuing Compensation After a Snowmobiling Accident

McHenry County snowmobile accident lawyerIllinois residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. In the summer, thousands of Illinoisans enjoy boating on Lake Michigan and hiking throughout the state’s incredible parks and forests. In the winter time, Illinois is known for its expansive snowmobiling recreation areas. 

While snowmobiling is a fun outdoor activity for those that live in colder climates, snowmobile accidents are fairly common, and these accidents can lead to serious and fatal injuries. If you or a loved one are injured in a snowmobile accident, it is possible your injuries were caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party. 

Snowmobiling Accidents Common in the United States 

Throughout the United States, more than two million people use snowmobiles each winter. Snowmobiles can be incredibly dangerous due to their size (some snowmobiles weigh over 600 pounds) and speed (snowmobiles can travel as fast as 90 mph). A staggering 14,000 people are injured in snowmobile crashes across the United States each year, and an average of 200 Americans are killed on snowmobiles on an annual basis. The leading causes of snowmobiling injuries include traveling at excessive speeds, consuming alcohol while operating a vehicle, and traveling on unmarked or unsafe terrain. Snowmobile injuries can range from broken bones to severe organ damage. The most common fatal snowmobiling injuries are traumatic brain injuries

Seeking Out Injury Compensation 

If you or a family member have been injured in a snowmobiling accident, it is possible that your accident was caused by negligence. If you were injured in a collision with another snowmobile, and the driver was operating the vehicle recklessly, they could be liable for your injuries. If you were traveling in a public recreation area, and the trails were improperly marked or maintained, you could receive financial compensation for injuries suffered as a result. A snowmobile owner could also be held responsible for negligent maintenance of their vehicle. While not all snowmobile accidents involve a liable party, discussing the events which led to your injuries can help your attorney determine the legal options available to you and your family. 

Contact a Lake County Snowmobile Accident Attorney 

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team is dedicated to helping those who have been harmed by other people’s negligence receive financial compensation for their damages, including medical bills and loss of work hours. A snowmobile injury can be a traumatic experience with expensive ramifications; fortunately, we are here to help. Contact a Waukegan personal injury lawyer today at 847-662-3303 to arrange a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12671482/

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