Snow sports are exceedingly popular in Colorado, especially skiing and snowboarding. However, as fun and exciting as these activities may be, they can also be dangerous, especially if other skiers or the resort managers are careless. If you were injured in a snowboarding or snow skiing accident, it is important to determine whether or not you have a personal injury case on your hands. When another party is responsible for your injuries, either through negligence or carelessness, you can pursue compensation for the damage you sustained. And, when it comes to snow sport accidents, you might be able to collect reparation from the negligent party.
The Dangers of Snow Skiing and Snowboarding
Throughout the winter season, countless adults and children alike are injured in snow skiing and snowboarding accidents. The sport itself is inherently risky, especially if the conditions are hazardous or if the other riders are not careful. Skiers might crash and find themselves with broken bones, serious lacerations, contusions, pulled muscles, and concussions. Or, the injury might be more complex, causing severe damage that requires surgical repair, expert medical care, physical therapy, or other extensive treatments.
Who Might Be Liable?
Sometimes skier crash simply because they lose control. However, some crashes are caused by other factors that might be caused by the negligence or carelessness of the property owner or another party.
Resort owners are responsible for creating a safe environment for the skiers and snowboarders they welcome onto their property. Certain conditions might be beyond their control, but the safety of ski lifts, gondolas, lodges, and snow plow machines should be handled with extreme caution. A broken lift or gondola might cause a skier to fall, or could cause serious injury when the rider loads or unloads. Employees operating snowmobiles and snow plow machines should also be well-trained and extremely cautious, otherwise, they could accidentally strike a skier, causing serious harm.
Dangerous areas on the slopes, such as rocky patches, unmonitored terrain, and cliffs should all be clearly marked so that skiers do not accidentally find themselves in a risky situation.
If you or someone you love was injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident, make sure you act quickly to determine whether or not you have a case. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Klein Frank, P.C. have handled numerous skiing and snowboarding accidents, including prominent cases involving skier Hoot Brown, who was crushed by a SnoCat groomer, and Doran Laybourn, who later became the subject of a Snowboard Magazine documentary film.
Contact Klein Frank, P.C. today if you think you may have a Boulder personal injury case.