Snowmobile Injuries and Accidents

Snowmobiling is a recreational and sporting activity enjoyed by families and individuals in the winter months throughout Ontario, especially in rural communities.
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Unfortunately, snowmobiling also has risks. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reported that in 2012, 1,126 Canadians were hospitalized as a result of snowmobile accidents. According University of Toronto Free Press, snowmobiling is the second most common cause of fatalities of all sports and recreation activities in Ontario. The Canadian Journal of Public Health states that over a 12-year period, 1,046 people died in snowmobile crashes in Canada.

If you were injured in a snowmobiling accident which was not your fault, you may be entitled to recover the following types of compensation for your injuries:

  1. Accident Benefits (ABs) – This type of compensation is provided by your insurance policy. It would cover the majority of your income loss as well as most medical and housekeeping expenses which would have resulted from your injuries.
  2. Suing in Tort (see Motor Vehicle Accident Tort Claims)- This claim allows you to recover compensation for expenses which may arise due to your injuries in the accident including income loss or the loss of opportunity to earn future or past income, and pain and suffering.

Any individual who is involved in a snowmobiling accident, whether at fault or not, may be entitled to receive different types of compensation including accident benefits, pain and suffering, medical and therapy compensation, reimbursement/benefits for caregivers, and other expenses.

Snowmobiling is governed by similar rules and regulations as any motorized vehicle. Most snowmobile insurance claims will be treated in the same manner as a motor vehicle insurance claim. Many individuals who have been injured in snowmobiling accidents are misled by insurance companies into thinking that they are not able to recover compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured in a snowmobiling accident, it is important to know your rights.

It is an offense to operate a snowmobile while impaired by drugs and or alcohol, without a valid operator’s licence, with no registration and insurance, and above the speed limit, just to name a few. While laws are implemented to protect and make snowmobiling an enjoyable activity, a host of injuries - such as head and neck injuries, nerve and skeletal trauma, frost bite, hypothermia, and chest and abdominal injuries - or even death, can stem from carelessness and negligence.

A snowmobile accident can be a very traumatic event in a person’s life. In the aftermath of such an accident, when one may be in physical or psychological distress, or even have to deal with the death of a loved one, filing a lawsuit or accident claim may be overwhelming. The compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers at Rastin and Associates will be able guide you through these trying times. We will listen to your concerns and make you aware of your options, while doing our best to ensure that you are fairly awarded the maximum compensation available to you, giving you peace of mind as you focus on making a full recovery.

If you were involved in a snowmobiling accident, contact Rastin and Associates personal injury lawyers at the earliest, as there are strict time limitations for filing a claim.