Recently, some tragic news has come out of another state, Vermont. Over the weekend, a snowboarding accident occurred there which resulted in a teenager's death.
A 16-year-old boy from Massachusetts was snowboarding at a resort in Vermont on Saturday. It was his first time snowboarding. As he was going down one of the trails at the resort, he went off of the trail and collided with a sign. He was given emergency care after the accident and was airlifted to a hospital. He died at the hospital.
Snowboarding is a very popular winter sport, particularly among young people. Unfortunately, the accidents in this sport can be very serious. The injuries such accidents can result in can be catastrophic and in some cases, like in the incident mentioned above, can even be fatal.
Given how harmful snowboarding accidents can be and that many snowboarders tend to be younger individuals, it is of the utmost importance for winter sports resorts and other properties that allow snowboarding on their premises to do everything they reasonably can to prevent such accidents. This includes making sure that the snowboarding courses on their premises do not contain hazards that pose an unreasonable risk of serious accidents.
When a property owner commits negligence and such negligence causes a fatal winter recreation accident, such as a fatal snowboarding accident, the property owner should be held accountable. Wrongful death lawsuits are one of the things that can play a role in assigning financial responsibility in fatal Pennsylvania winter recreation accidents.
Source: Bennington Banner, "UPDATED: Mass. teen dies after snowboarding crash at Stratton Mountain," March 24, 2014