Utah is known for having some of the greatest snow on earth. Our state draws visitors from all over the world with our stunning mountain ranges, ski lodges, and our offering of endless alpine recreation activities.
Snowmobiles are an exciting form of winter recreation and are also relied upon for convenient transportation in higher altitudes. Residents, ranch operators, and government employees use snowmobiles to get around when the snow is deep, and visitors rent the machines to tour the area.
However, reckless use and inexperience can result in crashes that cause injuries, time off work, and expensive medical costs. The Layton snowmobile accident lawyers at 1Law know the challenges and expenses snowmobile crash injury victims face. And we can help.
Many parties could cause a snowmobile crash. And in some cases, liability may be shared. Some examples of the defendants commonly named in snowmobile accident cases can be:
Finding and locating all potential sources of liability in your claim is one of many jobs your attorney has. Identifying the correct liable parties and finding proof of their liability with help from an attorney can help you to avoid costly litigation against the wrong party.
While proving liability in a snowmobile accident can be difficult, it’s not impossible. A snowmobile accident lawyer can provide you with protection from allegations of liability against you and can help to prove negligence against the other parties.
In general, these accidents will follow the same guidelines and legal theories used in car accidents. To prove that you deserve compensation, you need to prove four things:
Other people operating heavy vehicles owe a duty of care to the pedestrians, other snowmobilers, skiers, or bystanders to operate the snowmobile in a reasonably safe manner.
You must prove they breached the duty of care by operating the snowmobile recklessly, for example. Other breaches could involve the failure to maintain the vehicle properly, or a manufacturer breaching a duty of care by using defective parts that caused the snowmobile to crash.
You must prove that the breach caused the accident by showing that the accident happened because of an act of negligence by another party. For example, if the other party had not been drinking, the accident wouldn’t have happened.
You must show that there was a monetary loss caused by the crash. The medical bills, your lost wages, property damage, and other factors can be evidence of your damages.
A Layton snowmobile accident lawyer can perform a comprehensive examination of the evidence in your case to determine all the potentially liable parties and hold them accountable.
You may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages in a snowmobile accident claim in Utah:
If you have lost a loved one due to the injuries caused by a snowmobile crash, you may be able to pursue compensation in a wrongful death claim. Loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and funeral costs among others are considered in wrongful death lawsuits.
As with any personal injury claim, the Layton snowmobile accident attorneys with 1Law accept cases on contingency. You pay nothing out of pocket to retain their services, and no payment is due until they win or settle your claim. If they don’t collect compensation on your behalf, you owe nothing.
You may wonder how this arrangement works for the attorneys, and how it can help you. First, most individuals don’t need personal injury lawyers on a regular basis, so a repeat clientele isn’t built into this practice. If their services are made financially accessible, they are able to have clients.
This benefits the injury victim because the contingency fee arrangement allows them to access legal counsel when they need it the most. The client is also assured that the attorney will work hard to maximize the financial compensation because the attorney is paid a percentage of the settlement or award.
Once again, similar to a car crash, snowmobile crash injuries are often caused by inattention, driver distraction, speed, and alcohol use. There are dozens of risk factors that can cause a person to get hurt in a snowmobile accident, but the most common reasons are:
There can be underlying issues and unknown factors that contributed to your wreck. It is possible that you are unaware of the cause of your snowmobile crash, but a snowmobile accident attorney can secure and evaluate the evidence to determine the true cause.
Whether you were an innocent bystander, a cross country skier, or another snowmobiler involved in an accident, the Layton snowmobile accident attorneys of 1Law can help you to navigate the legal complexities of your case.
If someone else has caused you or a loved one to be injured in a snowmobile accident, you shouldn’t be faced with shouldering the financial burden. We will fight for maximum compensation on your behalf and ensure that your legal rights are protected every step of the way.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help.