Minnesotans know how to enjoy our winters including taking snowmobiles out on trails or lakes for the fun and adventure they offer. Snowmobiling is exciting and most drivers are very cautious when they use their sleds. But each winter, snowmobile accidents cause injury and kill many people. A good number of these accidents can be avoided and prevented.
During an average winter, nine people die from a snowmobile accident and more than 300 are injured seriously enough to require hospital treatment in Minnesota. The accidents and injuries can result from many causes, the most common of which are another person operating their snowmobile improperly or using the machine while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, going too fast, a poorly maintained trail, construction debris left on a trail, or a defective machine. At Sieben Edmunds Miller, our snowmobile accident and personal injury attorneys are successful in representing clients who were hurt in a mishap or lost a dearly loved family member as a result of a snowmobile accident.
Seek Medical Attention After A Snowmobile Accident
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident of any kind, the first thing to do is see a physician or go to an emergency room. Even though you may have been properly protected by wearing a helmet and heavy clothing, serious injuries can still occur. This often is the case with head, neck, back and spine injuries. If someone was negligent in causing your injuries, they can be held accountable and required to compensate you for the damages you suffered including out-of-pocket medical costs, rehabilitation, lost income and your reduced ability to enjoy life along with pain and suffering as a result of the accident.
Try to document what happened in the accident including taking photos with your cell phone. Snap pictures of the scene and the snowmobiles involved in the accident and collect information from other riders who may have seen the incident occur. Write down everything you can remember and if you contact Sieben Edmunds Miller we can help you with this process. This information will help DNR and law enforcement officers, insurance companies and their adjustors, as well as judges and juries if your case ends up going to trial.
Reporting the Accident is as Important as Retaining a Snowmobile Accident Lawyer
After making sure that you are safe, remember that you may be legally required to report the accident to the Department of Natural Resources. Because DNR reports are complex and they may become part of establishing your case, a snowmobile accident injury lawyer at Sieben Edmunds Miller can help you complete them properly, including information that is both relevant to the accident and can help bolster your case.
What you write in the report and insurance claims can affect your ability to recover damages but when you work with Sieben Edmunds Miller snowmobile accident attorneys in Eagan we will help you answer questions accurately and thoroughly but in a way that doesn’t harm your chance to recover damages.
Minnesota’s Snowmobile Accident Injury Lawyers
When you have been hurt in a snowmobile accident or a loved one was killed and someone else’s actions caused the accident, call the experienced snowmobile accident lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller. You may be entitled to substantial compensation and we will fight to get what you deserve.