During the winter months, many New Yorkers enjoy zooming around in the snow on a snowmobile. These vehicles are absolutely thrilling, and they are completely unique. However, they can also be quite dangerous. If you have been injured after a snowmobile accident in New York, you might be wondering if you can receive any type of compensation for your injury.
Your best bet is to consult with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in New York as soon as possible. These experts can examine your situation and determine whether you have any means to recover compensation for your damages. While recovering compensation after a snowmobile crash might not be as easy as filing a claim after a car accident, your chances are much higher with the help of an attorney.
Fatal Snowmobile Accident in Lewis County
In March of 2021, it was reported that a man in Lewis County had tragically lost his life after a snowmobile accident. The man was driving his snowmobile on a trail near State Route 26 when he lost control and collided with a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by police.
How Can You Get Compensation After a Snowmobile Crash?
Getting compensation after a snowmobile accident may be easier than you think. This is because all snowmobilers in New York are legally required to obtain insurance before they drive on a roadway or the shoulder of a highway. Generally, this means that most people are covered by insurance when they ride their snowmobiles in New York.
According to the laws set forth by New York State Parks, snowmobilers are required to carry liability coverage with a minimum amount of $10,000 for a single accident involving one person. They are also required to carry coverage with a minimum amount of $20,000 for crashes involving two or more people, and a further $5,000 minimum in property damage coverage.
This means that if you have been injured in a snowmobile accident and your damages are less than $10,000, you would simply need to file a claim with your insurance company.
If your damages cannot be covered by your insurance policy, then you might have the ability to file a lawsuit against an at-fault party. Obviously, you cannot sue anyone if the accident was purely due to operational error (you cannot sue a tree for getting in your way). However, you can sue another party that might have acted in an irresponsible or reckless manner. For example, you might have been hit by a car or another snowmobiler. It is also important to recognize that you cannot file a claim if you were not obeying the laws and regulations that govern snowmobile usage in New York. These include operating at safe speeds and wearing a helmet.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident or any other type of extreme winter sports incident, there are legal options available to you. Reach out to The Glassman Law Group at your earliest convenience, and you can approach this situation in the most efficient way possible. We will go over the various circumstances of your case and help you pursue compensation for your damages.