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How To Stay Safe While Snowmobiling In Michigan This Winter

A 13-year-old girl in Orion Township recently died following a snowmobile accident that caused law enforcement to shut off a nearby road. The girl’s father was operating one snowmobile while he was struck by a second snowmobile operated by the man’s son and daughter. As a result of the accident, the girl was thrown from the snowmobile and received serious injuries. Despite resuscitation efforts by a bystander, the girl did not resume breathing and was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Everyone involved was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, and neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been a factor in the crash. Additional details are still being investigated.

Snowmobiles might have been developed for transporting people and supplies, but they have grown into popular winter sporting vehicles. Current statistics reveal that more than 2 million individuals in North America snowmobile. Snowmobiles present risks, though. Most snowmobiles weigh at least 600 pounds and travel at great speeds, which means that accidents involving these vehicles are often catastrophic.

Approximately, 200 people in the U.S. are killed in snowmobile accidents each year while another 14,000 riders are injured. Behind snowmobile accidents are several factors including alcohol use, drug use, inexperienced drivers, and poor judgment.

Michigan snowmobile drivers can reduce the risk of ending up in a life-changing accident this winter by following some helpful safety strategies. 

Take a Snowmobile Safety Course

Michigan does not legally require riders to take a snowmobile safety course, but doing so is an excellent way to grow more accustomed to how to safely operate a vehicle. These classes can also teach riders about the parts of sleds and how to determine if something is not working properly. 

Keep Emergency Supplies on Hand

It is a wise idea to be prepared for potential snowmobile accidents by carrying some important supplies with you. These should include things like a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra fuel, blankets, flares, and tools. 

Know Your Route

Whether you are riding on a marked trail or out in the country, it is a good idea to understand your surroundings and what route to take to safely arrive at your destination. If you are new to the terrain, it is often a good idea to stick to marked trails. 

Look Out for Hazards

When you are traveling over the snow, it can be difficult to spot the various obstacles that might lie in your path. If you are not familiar with an area, it is best to avoid it. By exercising caution and not traveling over terrain where there may be any surprises, you are more likely to stay safe while riding.

At Jay Trucks & Associates, PC, our Michigan snowmobile accident lawyers have helped many people impacted by snowmobile accidents. During a free case evaluation, we can help you determine if it is possible to obtain compensation from the at-fault party for your losses. Contact a Flint injury lawyer from our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. Ph: (800) 762-8623.