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Snowmobile accidents can be serious

The winter months are fast approaching, and some areas of the state have already seen the first snowfall of the year. As snow piles up, residents are likely to begin enjoying winter sports and recreational activities. From skiing to snowmobiling, these activities can be a great way to enjoy the colder months of the year, but they can also be dangerous.

Snowmobiling is a winter sport with over two million participants in North America alone. Like ATVs, snowmobiles are heavy pieces of equipment that can pose significant dangers for operators. Those dangers can be present for any operator, though inexperience or carelessness is more likely to lead to an accident or injury.

According to documents published by the National Institutes of Health, snowmobile accidents account for 14,000 injuries each year. They also lead to around 200 deaths a year. Leading causes of injuries and accidents related to snowmobiles include poor judgement while operating one of the machines, inexperienced operators, excessive speed and operation of a snowmobile under the influence.

The most common type of injury related to snowmobile activities is a fracture of one or more extremities, but incidents can impact any part of the body. Serious accidents can damage organs, cause brain damage or permanent disability or be fatal.

Following safety rules and snowmobile operation education is one way to reduce accidents, but you can't manage everyone else on a snowmobile this winter. If you or a family member are injured due to negligent operation on the part of someone else, then you might have a claim for compensation. Compensation in such a case might cover medical bills and other losses.

Source: US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, "Snowmobile injuries in North America," JJ Pierz, accessed Nov. 08, 2015

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