Snowmobiling is a popular winter pastime in Northern Ontario. Although snowmobiles provide hours of fun, it’s easy to wipe out, flip or even crash, which can result in severe injuries. Here’s what you should know to help you avoid getting into an accident.
TYPES SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT INJURIES
Every year, hundreds of people are involved in snowmobile accidents across Canada. The most common personal injuries include:
Fractures, dislocations and breaks to the shoulders, knees, lower legs, ankles and feet
Head injuries, including brain damage and concussions
Injuries to the neck, lower back and spinal cord
Internal injuries, including fractured ribs, organ damage and internal bleeding
These types of injuries often require extensive ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. Therefore, it’s extremely important to practice caution when enjoying Ontario’s snow-covered landscapes.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHEN SNOWMOBILING
While some snowmobile accidents are unavoidable, most collisions are preventable. Here are a few tips to ensure you have an accident-free snowmobile season.
Don’t ride under the influence. Never operate your snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Doing so can slow your reaction time and affect your ability to make good decisions.
Dress appropriately. In Ontario, all snowmobile drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet. It’s also important to wear warm clothing that’s suitable for the weather conditions. If you’re travelling over frozen bodies of water, consider wearing a personal floatation device.
Plan your route. Stay on designated snowmobile trails and let your friends and family know where you’re headed. Make sure your snowmobile is in good working order and that you have enough fuel to reach your destination and return safely.
Pack emergency supplies. Make sure your cellphone is fully charged and that you’ve packed emergency supplies such as a flashlight, waterproof matches, a survival blanket, non-perishable foods, a rope, flares, a whistle and a first-aid kit.
In addition, remember to limit your speed, always ride with a partner and avoid venturing out in poor weather conditions. If you practise snowmobiling safely, you’ll keep yourself and those around you safe.
QUALIFIED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
If you or someone you love was injured in a snowmobile collision, legal assistance is available. The experienced lawyers at Feifel Gualazzi can help you claim accident benefits so you can get the compensation you deserve. Additionally, if your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, our team can help you file a personal injury claim. For a free consultation or to learn more about our services, contact us today.