In Colorado, Winter is in full swing. Sledding, skiing, snowball fights and snowmobiling are some of the most popular activities this time of year. In fact, for many, snowmobiling may be a way of life. However, it is important to operate these machines that can travel in excess of 90 miles per hour and weigh over 600 pounds carefully. You may be surprised to know that there are over 14,000 snowmobiling accidents every year causing over 200 deaths, nationwide.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the leading causes of snowmobiling accidents in the state are excessive speed, alcohol use, inexperience and poor judgment. So before you and/or your loved one head out to snowmobile this Winter, here are a few tips to keep you safe:
Avoid Drinking and Riding.
Like driving a car, quick reaction time, careful attention to your surroundings and the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to unexpected obstacles are all crucial to snowmobiling safely. If you are under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) when riding a snowmobile, you put yourself and others at risk because alcohol reduces your perception, agility and reaction times. Drinking also lowers your body temperature, which can put you at a higher risk of getting hypothermia.
Ride With Friends
It is always best to snowmobile with friends or in tandem with friends. If you crash or get injured in a remote area, your buddies can get help and/or medical attention.
Be Mindful of What You Wear
Obviously, it is cold and often wet when snowmobiling – dress accordingly. When traveling in the cold at high speeds, the wind chill factor makes it much colder than it is. Make sure you wear heavy, waterproof clothing to avoid hypothermia. Also, you want to ensure there are no loose ends or zippers hanging off your clothes that can get stuck inside the wheels, engine and other moving parts of the snowmobile.
Similarly, always wear a helmet and protective face/eye gear when snowmobiling. A helmet will protect you from a serious or fatal brain injury in the event of an accident, and face/eye gear can protect you from flying twigs, ice and dirt that kicks up while you snowmobile.
Though we all enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of riding fast, speeding is one of, if not the leading cause of all snowmobile accidents. Try to maintain a speed that allows you to adequately maneuver the snowmobile and react quickly to unexpected weather or terrain conditions.
By following these simple tips when snowmobiling this Winter, you can avoid a serious accident and becoming an unfortunate snowmobile statistic.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snowmobile accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our attorneys have decades of experience representing injured clients and their families and are here to help you. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 647-4511, or visit us online. You have nothing to lose with a free conversation.