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Driver suffers trauma to the head in snowmobile accident

Winter is certainly in full swing in Pennsylvania, and snow has laid a thick blanket over the landscape. For some, it means it is time to light a fire, make some homemade soup and snuggle in on the couch. For some of those Bethlehem adventurers, it means that the perfect conditions have developed to enjoy their favorite sport. That sport is snowmobiling.

Snowmobiling involves traveling in the open air on a vehicle that can go where others can't. As free as the experience can be, it also involves a little bit of risk. Much like riding a motorcycle, snowmobile drivers and passengers are more exposed to injury than in a car. Take a snowmobile accident that occurred this past weekend when two individuals were riding a 1991 Polaris vehicle.

The accident occurred on Feb. 8 in Indiana. The vehicle had been traveling on the shoulder of a county road when something caused the vehicle to collide with a utility pole. The passenger only suffered a few abrasions, but the driver of the vehicle sustained serious trauma to the head and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The news report covering the accident included very few details. In fact, a very important part of the story was missing from the report. What caused the accident? We know that the snowmobile driver collided with a utility pole, but why?

Did a truck swerve and force the snowmobile off the road? Did the accelerator stick, forcing the driver to lose control? Was there a hidden danger lurking beneath the snow, like a large pothole that sent the vehicle in another direction or caused the driver to fail to see the utility pole up ahead?

Of course, the situations all mentioned above are only speculation, but the truth is that it isn't just this accident report that is missing some details. The cause of a snowmobile accident isn't always immediately clear, which is why injured victims should seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney that focuses on recreational collisions as soon as possible.

Source: JC Online, "Brookston man in critical condition after snowmobile accident," Feb. 8, 2014

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