Skiing and snowboarding has become very popular over the last decade. With more people being on the slopes, accident numbers have also increased. Skiing and snowboarding accidents can be very serious and sometimes even lead to death. If you have been involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
COMMON CAUSES OF SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING ACCIDENTS AND RESULTING INJURIES
Skiing and Snowboarding accidents are most commonly caused by:
- crashes with other snowboarders and/or skiers
- falling or crashing into objects (e.g. trees, barriers)
- ski lift accidents
- equipment failure
- poor instruction on safety by a ski or snowboard instructor
Common skiing and snowboarding injuries range from smaller injuries such as leg fractures, wrist injuries and knee injuries to severe injuries such as head trauma, spinal cord injuries. Sometimes the accidents even result in death. Any of these injuries can come with serious complications, high medical costs and mental trauma.
Snowboarding specifically is one of the most dangerous outdoors activities to perform according to statistics.
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS
We can discern two types of skiing and snowboarding personal injury lawsuits. On one hand there are cases caused by negligence and on the other hand there are product liability cases where the incident was caused by a defective product.
In a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence you need to prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. For a skiing or snowboarding accident this could be the case if:
- the person you got into an accident with was acting recklessly
- the ski slope on which the accident happened was not well maintained
- your instructor didn’t provide adequate safety instructions or led you to a slope that was too difficult/dangerous given your skiing/snowboarding ability
If your accident was caused by a defective product such as a defective snowboard binding or malfunctioning ski lift, you could have legal grounds for a product liability case against the manufacturer, designer or distributer of the product.
Skiing and snowboarding personal injury cases can be very complex so if you were injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident and think you have grounds for a personal injury case, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.