Two deadly snowmobile accidents over the long weekend have Ontario Provincial Police reminding snowmobilers to ride safely.
Around 8 p.m. Sunday a 51-year-old from South West Oxford Township was killed in a single-vehicle collision near Tillsonburg. According to police, the man was driving in a wooded area when the accident happened. No other riders or snowmobiles were involved.
Earlier that day, a crash between an ATV and a snowmobile on the Sydenham River in Wallaceburg killed a 32-year-old man and seriously injured another.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a snowmobile accident near Windsor, the accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners can help. We can advise you of your legal options and help you seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Snowmobile Safety Reminder
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, there are approximately 1,100 snowmobile accidents every year, killing an average of 30 riders.
By following these safety tips, riders can better protect themselves while on the trails:
- Tell someone about your plans before leaving.
- Always ride with a buddy.
- Bring a fully-charged cellphone with you.
- Follow the rules of the road and obey all speed limits and trail signs. Driving a snowmobile is the same as operating a motor vehicle.
- If you are riding at night, slow down and watch for fences, guard wires and other obstacles.
- Avoid driving on frozen lakes and rivers.
- Wear a buoyant snowsuit and bring an ice pick with you that can easily be accessed.
- Always wear a helmet. They are required unless you are riding on your private property.
- Never ride a snowmobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Be at least 12 years old to ride on trails
- Have a valid driver’s license or motorized snow vehicle operator’s license
- Register their snowmobile with the Ministry of Transportation
- Have insurance
Riders should always have their license, registration permit and insurance card with them at all times on a snowmobile. A failure to carry these items with you could result in a fine of up to $1,000.
Contact a Snowmobile Accident Lawyer
If you are involved in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence, you may have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation. To learn more, contact the trusted lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
We are trusted personal injury lawyers with decades of experience helping accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, and you will not be charged for our services unless we recover compensation for you.