Snowmobiling is a widely popular winter sport with avid group of enthusiasts. Unfortunately, snowmobiles can also be highly dangerous. Before embarking on a ride, all riders, no matter how experienced, should ride with caution and keep in mind the following snowmobile safety advice:
- Plan ahead. Decide on your routes before leaving, and have detours in mind in case of closed trails or adverse weather conditions. Check the weather forecast again before you leave, wear appropriate gear, and bring along adequate supplies and an emergency kit.
- Tell a friend where you are going, with whom, and how long you plan to be gone in case of an emergency.
- Maintain your snowmobile and keep it in top working condition. Check your fuel level, battery, throttle, drive belt, brakes, lights, and handlebars before each trip. During the off-season, properly store your vehicle.
- Travel with a friend or in a group. Understand and accommodate for the experience levels of everyone present.
- Stay on marked trails and obey warning signs. When riding on the road, remember that you are subject to all traffic laws.
- Do not consume alcohol before driving. Alcohol can slow your reaction times, seriously impair your judgment, and can contribute to hypothermia.
- Understand the risks of avalanches. In most cases, avalanche accidents are directly triggered by the victim or someone else in the victim’s party.
- Never cross frozen bodies of water unless you are completely certain that the ice is strong enough to support the weight of your vehicle. Drowning is the leading cause of death from snowmobile accidents.
Unfortunately, even the safest riders may still encounter accidents because of defective or malfunctioning snowmobile parts or gear, poorly marked trails or a lack of warning signs, or other reasons.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snowmobile accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca & Landry, P.C. at 877-327-2600.