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Alaska reality show captures snowmobile accident

Last season a reality show on the National Geographic Channel may have captured more reality than it intended when cameramen unwittingly filmed Alaska base camp warden Sue Aikens getting into an accident on her snowmobile. After a painful wait to access appropriate medical care, Aikens ended up with a snapped collar bone and other injuries requiring 14 screws, 2 titanium plates and likely many future surgeries. 

The show, 'Life Below Zero,' portrays the lives of six hardy individuals, including Aikens, who live by their wits in the Alaska wilds. Aikens' accident highlights how devastating a snowmobile accident can be, even for the toughest of people accustomed to living with hardship on a daily basis.

Know your rights after an accident.

Every year lawyers get calls from potential clients asking what their rights are after they have been injured in a snowmobile crash, either because their snowmobile was hit by a car or another snowmobile, or because they were a passenger on a snowmobile and the driver caused the accident. If you are hit by a car or truck on your snowmobile, our injury lawyers can make sure you are compensated by the driver's automobile insurance if they were at fault. You will also be entitled to No-Fault benefits for your medical bills and lost wages. If you are hit by another snowmobile or are injured because you are a passenger and your driver causes the accident, either from tipping or crashing, you may be entitled to compensation from the snowmobile driver's insurance on the snowmobile or possibly their homeowner's insurance. These cases usually require a thorough investigation, so you should call our office and speak with an experienced snowmobile accident attorney for a free consultation as soon as possible after the accident.

If you are driving your snowmobile and cause the accident, you generally will not be able to receive any compensation. However, if there is a car involved in your snowmobile crash, you may be able to get no-fault automobile benefits to pay for your medical bills and lost wages - even though you were on a snowmobile and even though you were at fault. This is a complicated area of the law, so you should call one of our top MN snowmobile accident lawyers for a free consultation if you are on a snowmobile and are injured because of contact with a car or truck.

Some snowmobile accidents are caused because of a defective or hidden condition on another person's property. Again, these are complicated cases that require a thorough investigation, so you should us as soon as possible after your accident for a free consultation.

There are also accidents where someone is run over or hit by a careless snowmobile driver or a drunk snowmobile driver. The insurance companies will usually try to place at least part of the blame on the person who was run over or hit by the snowmobile. Again, our snowmobile accident lawyers in PA have found that early investigation can be crucial to proving these cases and recovering for the victim's injuries. 

While Aikens suffered severe pain as a result of her injuries, she has discussed how the greater challenge may prove to be the devastating financial impact the accident has had on her ability to run her business. Aikens is the warden and only resident of her remote base camp. Her injuries have cast into question to what degree she will be able to continue to manage the camp - a highly physical job - on her own. 

Having to face multiple surgeries while dealing with lost business is a double financial whammy that could befall anyone who rides a snowmobile. If you are unlucky enough to get into an accident, it's important to remember that the accident may not have been your fault, and you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party to help you pay for lost wages and medical bills. You can find out what options may be available to you by consulting with a personal injury lawyer. 

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