When the weather takes a turn, West Valley City residents can trade out their summer sports for their snowboards and skis. Whether you’re taking to the slopes or cross-country skiing, you have a great opportunity to exercise even as temperatures drop. However, you need to keep an eye out for your fellow skiers, manufacturers, and other parties if you want to stay safe.
Negligence can see you and your loved ones endure dangerous skiing accidents, whether you’re on the slopes or moving cross-country. If you do find yourself involved in a skiing accident, though, you can call on a ski accident attorney in West Valley City for legal guidance. The 1Law team is prepared to guide you through the process of filing a civil complaint.
Whether you’re renting your skis or using your own set, you need to take precautions before you head out into the snow. If you’re skiing at a resort or lodge, make sure that you abide by the rules set forth by lodge staff. Even if you’re skiing alone, remember that you owe your fellow skiers a duty of care. In the same vein, they owe it to you to behave as reasonably as possible.
This “duty of care” refers to the responsibility you and your peers have to protect one another from harm while skiing. It can also refer to your responsibility to wear a helmet and other essential protective gear while on the slopes.
You can take legal action against another skier or institution only if you believe that the party in question has violated the duty of care that they owed you. You can file a civil complaint stating as much with a county clerk in West Valley City. Depending on the court’s opinion of your losses, you may gain the opportunity to pursue compensation for a ski accident’s losses.
The term “reasonable,” in describing “reasonable behavior” on skis, has a broad reach. What one person considers to be reasonable behavior may actually endanger a significant percentage of skiers on the slopes.
That’s why it’s important to do more than acknowledge reckless behavior as seen on the slopes. If you want to bring a case forward, you may also need to document it. Our team can take a look at the evidence you have at your disposal and help draft a narrative that frames another person’s behavior as negligent and/or unreasonable.
The evidence a West Valley City, UT, lawyer can most often use to your benefit includes:
It’s tempting to lodge a complaint against another individual when you find yourself contending with a ski accident injury. That said, it’s not always another person who bears the responsibility for your losses. Ski lodges and travel groups are as likely to take on liability for your losses as another individual is.
When it comes time to establish liability in your case, we follow the evidence. A faulty ski can help us hold an equipment manufacturer liable for your losses. Photos of misconduct can help us level charges against another person. A skier’s permission slip or group insurance can transfer our attention to an entire ski group.
We need to know who to hold liable for your losses if we want to fight for compensation on your behalf. That’s why it’s important for you to get in touch with one of our representatives as soon as you can after an accident. The faster we can gather evidence on your behalf, the easier it can be for us to name the right liable party in your complaint.
The category of personal injuries in a civil court is broad. If you get into a ski accident with another negligent party, Utah courts consider your case to be a personal injury accident. With that in mind, you need to know the personal injury statute of limitations in Utah. This statute dictates how much time you have to submit a ski accident complaint to the appropriate parties.
According to Utah Code § 78-12-25, any party injured in a ski accident can bring their complaint forward to a county clerk within four years of the day their accident takes place.
If you’re severely injured or unsure of how to proceed, let us know. West Valley City ski accident lawyers can guide you through the process of bringing together your complaint within this deadline.
Contending with the complexities of a civil case can leave you more confused than anything else. Without the context to understand why certain developments may benefit your request for compensation, the updates you receive from a judicial representative may leave you with more questions than answers.
Fortunately, our attorneys aren’t going to let you try and break down your case updates alone. Instead, we can keep you in the know, breaking down new courses of action as your case progresses. More than that, our team can:
You can learn more about the legal services that we make available to you during an initial case consultation. Our team would be happy to discuss the means that could most effectively address your concerns.
Skiing is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the best of Utah’s winter weather. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a dangerous sport, though. Even if you take the appropriate precautions before you hit the slopes, there’s a chance that someone else’s negligence may do you harm.
If you’ve been involved in a skiing accident and want to explore your legal options, call on the 1Law team. Our ski accident attorneys in West Valley City, UT, can discuss your different roads to compensation. Contact us through our website’s legal chat option or give our office a call.