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Snowmobile safety could prevent accidents

As the winter sets in, people will be heading outdoors to enjoy the snow on their snowmobiles. Unfortunately, snowmobile season also means snowmobile injury season. 

The safety precautions outlined in Pennsylvania snowmobile law can not only help prevent accidents, but may also help prevent riders from being charged with comparative or contributory negligence in the event that an accident occurs that causes injury. 

Pennsylvania law requires that people who ride snowmobiles must, among other things:

  • Register the snowmobile
  • Acquire liability insurance
  • Wear helmets
  • Use a headlight and taillight in the dark or when visibility is less than 500 feet
  • Not ride on private property without the consent of the property's owner

Furthermore, children under the age of 10 are not allowed to ride snowmobiles on any public land. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 are allowed to ride snowmobiles only on their parents' or guardians' land, and only if they have taken a safety education course and received a safety training certificate. 

Accidents involving snowmobiles can be devastating and cause long-term debilitating and permanent life-changing injuries, including crush injuries, paralysis, broken bones and head injuries. Observing conscientious safety measures can go a long way toward preventing these tragic outcomes from occurring. 

If you do get in an accident and are injured, however, it's important to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to have your case evaluated. Depending on the details of what happened and who was at fault--whether the snowmobile manufacturer, another snowmobile operator or another party--an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the legal system to secure the financial resources you need to recover to the greatest possible extent. 

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