ACCIDENT INJURED ON SNOWMOBILE – MN LAWYER
As it gets closer to Christmas break, our children are getting more anxious about the lack of snow. Our family has had a tradition of snowmobiling during Christmas break since the children were very young. Now that they are teenagers and can ride the big snowmobiles on their own, they look forward to it even more.
But as much as we love snowmobiling, as accident injury lawyers we know that it can be a dangerous activity. Snowmobiles can go very fast, they are low to the ground (i.e. hard for cars to see), and a snowmobile offers almost no protection in case of a crash.
TYPES OF SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENTS IN MN
Of the eight Minnesota snowmobile accident deaths in 2012 – 2013, there was alcohol or drugs involved in five of them. Only one of the eight death cases involved a snowmobile being struck by a car. The other seven were either because of a snowmobile falling through the ice or hitting a stationary object. The DNR does not break out causes of injured on snowmobile accident cases, but in our attorneys’ experience, reckless driving resulting in tipping or the snowmobile crashing into a stationary object is the number one cause. Our MN snowmobile accident lawyers also see too many cases where a snowmobile collides with another snowmobile or is hit by a car or truck.
YOUR RIGHTS AFTER A SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT INJURY – MN LAWYER
Every year our attorneys get calls from potential clients asking what their rights are after they have been injured in a snowmobile accident in MN, either because their snowmobile was hit by a car or another snowmobile, or because they were a passenger on a snowmobile and the driver caused the accident. If you are hit by a car or truck on your snowmobile, our injury lawyers will make sure you are compensated by the driver’s automobile insurance if they were at fault. You will also be entitled to No-Fault benefits for your medical bills and lost wages. If you are hit by another snowmobile or are injured because you are a passenger and your driver caused the accident, either from tipping or crashing, you may be entitled to compensation from the snowmobile driver’s insurance on the snowmobile or possibly their homeowner’s insurance. These cases usually require a thorough investigation, so you should call us and speak with a Minnesota snowmobile accident lawyer for a free consultation as soon as possible after the accident.
If you are driving your snowmobile and you cause the accident, you generally will not be able to receive any compensation for your injury (although your health insurance will still apply). However, if there is a car involved in your snowmobile crash, you may be able to get no-fault automobile benefits to pay for your medical bills and lost wages – even though you were on a snowmobile and even though you were the one at fault. This is a complicated area of the law, so you should call one of our top MN snowmobile accident injury lawyers for a free consultation if you are on a snowmobile in MN and are injured because of contact with a car or truck.
SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT BECAUSE OF SOMEONE’S PROPERTY
The DNR has mapped snowmobile trails throughout MN. However, they do not necessarily check all of the trails for safety. Some snowmobile accidents can be caused because of a defective or hidden condition on another person’s property. Again, these are complicated cases that require a thorough investigation, so you should call and get a free consultation with a snowmobile accident injury attorney in MN as soon as possible after your accident.
BEING HIT OR RUN OVER BY A SNOWMOBILE
There are also accidents where someone is run over or hit by a careless snowmobile driver or a drunk snowmobile driver. The insurance company will usually try to place at least part of the blame on the person who was run over or hit by the snowmobile. Again, our MN snowmobile accident attorneys have found that early investigation can be crucial to proving these cases and recovering for the victim’s injuries.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of accident cases, including being injured in a snowmobile accident in MN. Pam is a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and offers small firm attention to her clients. If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident, our lawyers can meet you to discuss your case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. An attorney from our office can also meet at your home to discuss your snowmobile accident injury in St. Paul, Brainerd MN, Rogers, Elk River MN, St. Cloud MN, McGregor, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Chanhassen, Chaska, Forest Lake and other cities throughout MN. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting you compensation for your injuries.