Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth with tips to help avoid an Ontario snowmobile accident.

Snowmobile Accident

Tragically, a 56 year old man from Guelph died this past weekend while  snowmobiling, close to Bancroft. Brian Nichol was involved in a snowmobile accident when he hit a wire fence that had been set up across a road. Sadly, he died right away upon impact. What a terrible accident and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

While some accidents like this one can happen innocently and in an instant, others may be avoided.

It s the time of year when many snowmobiling accidents occur.  Every year I help dozens of Ontario snowmobile accident victims who have been injured in snowmobile accidents and are not getting the insurance compensation they desperately need.  There are many dangers associated with outdoor winter activities and snowmobiling is no exception.  Many snowmobile accidents are unavoidable and simply happen.  There are however some things you can do to help minimize your chances of injuring yourself while snowmobiling.

Avoiding a snowmobile accident? It’s important to:

– follow all driving laws; especially the speed limit.

-know where you are going.

-tell others where you are going

-stay off ice that may be dangerous

-obey the speed limits

-do not drink and ride

-ride in a group or use buddy system

-know your vehicle

-ride with a toolkit and first aid safety box

-ride with proper clothing, helmet and equipment

-be aware and obey all trail signs

-if you fall through ice, do not panic. Crawl out of the ice and roll to safety.  Do not stand up until you are clearly on thick ice.

Most of all you common sense and be on high alert.  Snowmobiling is a great, fun outdoor past time. Enjoy it safely and responsibly because a snowmobile accident can happen in an instant.