The winter season is drawing closer and people are already starting to plan exciting skiing trips in the Appalachians or some of the national forests to the north. There are few things more fun than a day on the slopes with family and friends. But as any skier can tell you, there are some inherent dangers to skiing that could lead to some serious injuries.
People who get into a skiing accident may suffer:
The idea that skiers cause their own accidents through carelessness is about as misguided as the notion that motorcycle riders are all reckless. For every reason that a skier might be liable for a skiing accident, there are a handful of other reasons why they are not. If you or someone you love unfortunately get injured while on the slopes this winter, you should start thinking about how outside parties could have contributed and, therefore, could be liable for damages.
Three causes of skiing accidents you may need to consider are:
- Other skiers: It is pretty rare to get some alone time on the slopes, no matter what ski resort you visit this winter. Negligent skiers that do not regard the safety of others can crash into them, causing serious injuries.
- Defective equipment: If you rent skiing equipment from the lodge or a sporting goods store, they need to ensure that you are given items that are suitable for use. Any subsequent accident could be linked to poorly maintained equipment and liability can fall on the shoulders of those who rented those items out.
- No warning: Ski slope difficulties and conditions are arranged into five categories, from Beginner to Expert Only, followed by Terrain Park, meaning the slope is not even officially plotted as such. Skiers need to be warned well ahead of arriving at a slope of its difficulty rating, or else they could inadvertently traverse down a treacherous path and become injured. Once again, this would remove partial or total liability from the injured skier.
If you are injured while skiing, you can turn to the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. for legal assistance. Our Worcester personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case for free and help you determine if another party is liable for your damages. Contact us online or by calling (508) 926-8833.