Snowmobiling has become an increasingly popular leisure activity in both the northern United States and Europe. As their popularity has increased, so have the number of injuries.
Snowmobiles in general can weigh up to 600 pounds. Some of the more powerful snowmobiles can attain speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. This gives them a lot of power and a lot more potential for injury if something should go slightly wrong. In 1996, there were more than 1.3 million snowmobiles registered in the United States. Over half of those were registered in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
When it comes to injuries, many of them can be prevented. A large number of injuries, to children and adults, are due to the adult operator of the snowmobile needlessly taking risks. These risks include travelling at excessive speeds, operating the snowmobile after drinking, and driving at night.
In 1995, there were 16,226 injuries reported that were related to snowmobiles by people who were the operator, the passenger, or a bystander. Of those 16,000 injuries, 20% were injuries to a child. Of the children injured, a male child was three times as likely to be injured as a female child. All of these injuries are to people under 16 years of age.
The most common injury sites were to the lower extremities and the head and neck. The most common cause of an injury was due to the individual falling off of the snowmobile.
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident, contact the Sheboygan snowmobile injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.