Avoiding Snowmobile Accidents
Did you know that an average of 40 people visit an emergency department for injury resulting from a snowmobile accident in Ontario ? The weather is warming up slightly and I wanted to remind snowmobile drivers of the dangers of crossing water at this time of year. I know most snowmobile riders are experienced and know when it is safe to cross but given the number of accidents each year, I figured a reminder might be timely.
Please be sure to always check ice conditions before venturing out , as we all know conditions change in just a couple of hours. A buoyant snowmobile suit is always best to wear while riding on frozen lakes or rivers. Please always bring an ice pick with you and make sure it is always accessible. Your stopping distance increases when travelling on ice, so slow down. If you must go on ice, ride on ice that is new, hard and clear. Always avoid all ice that is slushy, or close to moving water.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Speed Limits for snowmobiles:
50 km/h – on snowmobile trails
20 km/h – on roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less
50 km/h – on roads where the speed limit is over 50 km/h
Hopefully we can have fewer snowmobile accidents this year and all riders can continue to enjoy their sports safely !
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident and want to know which accident benefits you are entitled to, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. We represent people throughout eastern Ontario who have been injured and are highly experienced in the nuances of snowmobile accidents. We have helped thousands of others and we can help you.
Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims
There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss. I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents. So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents. The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly, fatal. Please ride safely…
Transport Canada has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada? Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.
The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.
Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:
- Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
- Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
- Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
- Always have a first aid and survival kit available.
- Ride at your own speed.
- Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
- Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
- If you don’t know the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
- Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
- At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
- Know the ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
- Always wear flotation-type clothing.
- Always be on the look out for wildlife.
It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try. Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport. Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !