Are Ontario accident benefits available to snowmobile accidents? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

Ontario Snowmobile Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..The weather we have been getting here in eastern Ontario has left many snowmobilers and ice fishing enthusiasts in a dangerous position.  It seems as though one day, mild weather is on it’s way and the next we are hit with 15 centimetres of snow.  What concerns me as an Ontario injury lawyer is how dangerous it can be out there on the ice. The most obvious snowmobiling rule is to never cross water as there are no guarantees that ice is thick enough to support a human or a motor vehicle such as a snowmobile. Ice is always dangerous and could break open at any point. I would caution everyone to stay clear of frozen water it is absolutely certain it is safe.  

Snowmobiles have  far less traction for starting, turning, and stopping on ice than they do on snow. It is always best to travel at slower speeds, allowing a snowmobile driver to keep better control  and  fast stop on shorter notice. Trying to stop a snowmobile that is travelling at higher speeds typically results in spins, which are not only dangerous but can be fatal. For best control, it is best to drive your snowmobile from a seated position.

Snowmobile accidents on Ontario lakes are far too common.  Most Ontario lakes are flat, wide open areas, but they are not free of obstructions. Remember, if you can ride and turn in any direction while operating on a lake, so can other snowmobile riders. That means that another driver could appear out of nowhere. A snowmobile accident could happen at any time.  Although there are many head on snowmobile accidents each year in Ontario, drowning is a leading cause of fatal snowmobile accidents. To be safe, it’s always best to wear a floatation snowmobile suit and ride with ice picks.

What to do if you fall through the ice..

If the ice breaks and you fall through the ice, try to stay calm. Place your arms out  in front of you on the outer unbroken ice . Try to kick your feet to propel yourself up onto the ice. Keep doing so until the ice stops breaking.  If you don’t have an ice pick, use anything sharp such as keys or a knife to help dig into the ice and give you a grip. Don’t remove your gloves. Once you get up onto the  ice, crawl away from the hole. Absolutely do not stand up until you are safely far away from the hole as standing up increases the chances of the ice cracking.

A snowmobile is considered to  be a motor vehicle. All snowmobiles must be registered, no matter what they’re used for or where they’re used.  Safety is so important to enjoying snowmobiling. Each year, many accidents happen that are completely preventable,  causing needless death and injury each year.

If someone you know or if you have been injured in an Ontario snowmobile accident, you many be entitled to Ontario accident benefits through your own insurance. If you have not insured your snowmobile, you may still be entitled to Ontario accident benefits.  There are options out there and help for you. Consult an Ontario personal injury lawyer to discuss how you can get some help.

 


Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer and Brain Injury (TBI) statistics

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth shares statistics on Brain Injury in Canada
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The Startling Statistics:

An alarming annual rate of about 56,000 cases of Traumatic Brain Injury are recorded in Canada, with 36,000 of these cases leading to hospitalization, 9,000 to requiring long term rehabilitation, and in 2,500 cases, death. For those that survive, 6,000 will live with disability.

Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI, has become the leading cause of death and disability in Canada for children and young adults (roughly 70% of survivors are between the ages of 18 and 28). It is tragic because children and young adults have the most to lose, with a lifetime ahead of them. Statistically, the greater half of all brain injuries are the result of motor-vehicle accidents, with the secondary causes within the realm of work related injuries, slip and falls, sports, illness, firearms and assaults. Males have double the risk of traumatic brain than females, and young men generally between 14 and 24 have the highest rate of injury. Children are also at risk when it comes to bicycle related brain injuries and death. Summer months are the more common seasons for such injuries, involving children 15 years old or younger.

While most victims of TBI will live a normal life span, survivors on average must go through a decade or so of rehabilitation services. Secondary to TBI, the risk for subsequent multiple personal injury increases, within the realm of two or three times greater than someone who has never experienced TBI. In the tragic circumstance of yet another or second personal injury, the potential for a third personal injury once again increases, this time to eight times the normal average. And so on.

Be Safe:

All this to say, please drive and be safe. A car accident or personal injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever. If you or a family member has suffered a seriously injury or a wrongful death, our Ottawa personal injury team offer my heartfelt support. We have the reputation, success rate and experience to obtain the highest compensation possible for you and your family. We can help answer your questions, help you obtain the highest quality medical care and relieve you of your stress as you’ve been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549.