Snowmobiling can be an exciting way to spend an afternoon on a frigid Ontario winter day. Whether you ride your snowmobile strictly for recreation, or enjoy long trail rides to remote destinations, the freedom offered is unparalleled.
While snowmobiling can be fun, it can also be dangerous. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, 2017 saw more snowmobile accidents and fatalities than any year in recent memory. Snowmobile collisions can be particularly devastating because the rider is relatively unprotected.
While the increase in snowmobile collisions is worrisome, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk when riding:
– Always obey posted speed limits
– Always wear protective equipment, including a helmet
– Stay on the right hand side of the trail
– Wear reflective clothing
– Avoid riding on unfamiliar frozen lakes and rivers
– Check ice conditions with a local snowmobile club before setting out
If you are new to snowmobiling, consider taking a snowmobile safety course. It will help you learn safe riding techniques, and what to do in the case of an emergency.
In the event that you are injured in a snowmobile collision, you and your family may be entitled to commence a lawsuit against a variety of parties. You may also have a claim for benefits from your automobile insurer. These claims are subject to strict timelines. Hiring a personal injury lawyer shortly after you are injured can help protect your rights and ensure you receive the maximum benefits the law allows.
About the Authors
The son of a grocery store clerk, Kevin grew up outside of Perth, Ontario. He credits his humble beginnings with the development of his underdog mentality, an approach he has carried into his legal career.
He attended McMaster University for two years before being granted early admission to Osgoode Hall Law School. After being called to the bar in 2008, Kevin began practising law in Hamilton before joining a leading Toronto litigation firm, representing Canada’s largest insurance companies on personal injury actions. “I didn’t find it fulfilling,” Kevin recalls. “I was helping companies save money, when what I wanted to do was help the people going up against these major corporations.” Since joining Oatley Vigmond, Kevin has used his insurance-industry experience to protect his clients and recover the compensation they deserved. He’d been at Oatley Vigmond for two months when he settled a matter for a client at a mediation. “You felt the burden of the litigation, and her injuries, lifting off her. I wanted to help even more people experience the relief of having their uncertainty lifted.’”