Causes of Snowmobile Accidents
Snowmobiling is becoming one of the most popular winter sports and modes of transportation. However, as the trails have gotten more and more crowded, there have been more and more accidents each year. Anyone considering snowmobiling should be aware of the causes of accidents and all pertinent snowmobile safety information.
Unlike all terrain vehicles, or ATVs, snowmobiles are subject to few regulations regarding training and their operation. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association is working to change that but, until they do, it is important for individuals to look out for themselves.
The biggest cause of snowmobile accidents, fatal or otherwise, is speed. Usually, when speed is the factor, the driver of the snowmobile was using it excessively. Not only does speed increase the momentum of bodies when they are thrown from snowmobiles during an accident but it also reduces the amount of time between seeing an object and impact, giving the driver less of a window to avoid the object.
Another cause of many snowmobile accidents is alcohol. Alcohol plays a significant role and is commonly combined with excessive speed. When alcohol is combined with snowmobiles, much like any other moving vehicle or piece of heavy machinery, bad things tend to happen.
As a result of the large number of head and neck injuries, the ISMA recommends that everyone wear at least a helmet and goggles while riding. They also recommend that individuals under the age of 16 not be allowed to operate snowmobiles at all.
Contact a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident caused by someone else, contact the Wisconsin motor vehicle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.