Snowmobile Accident Lawyers Serving Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana
With over 2,500 miles of trails available in Illinois for snowmobiling, it is no wonder that it is such a popular winter sport our state. For those who adhere to safety precautions and abide by the state regulations, it can be an exhilarating way to enjoy the outdoors in the cold winter months.
However, there are also those who drive dangerously who put others and themselves at risk of serious injury. When a fun day snowmobiling results in a rider being seriously injured or killed due to someone’s negligence, the party at fault may be liable for the financial and personal toll that the victim and their families face.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC knows the dangers associated with snowmobiles. Our personal injury attorneys can assist you or your family member recover the compensation you are entitled to under Illinois law. All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis where we only receive a legal fee when we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you.
Illinois Snowmobile Laws to Protect Operators and Passengers
More than 33,750 snowmobiles that were registered in Illinois in 2012-2013. Snowmobile operators must follow specific laws regulating riding, including restrictions on where they can be driven, the age of the driver, and insurance coverage.
These rules are meant to protect both riders and those who come in contact with those on snowmobiles from danger and financial risk. Some of the current regulations in Illinois include:
- Age limits. No one under the age of 10 years of age may operate a regulation snowmobile. Those between 10-15 years of age must have a parent or guardian of at least 16 years old accompanying them on the snowmobile.
- Liability insurance is required for snowmobilers that are riding on marked trails other than their personal property or on private property where the property owner has permitted them to ride.
- Highways. In general, it is not permissible to ride snowmobiles on highways or roadways. Under specific circumstances, they can be crossed at an intersection or used to cross a bridge or culvert, but only by drivers that have a valid driver's license or safety certificate.
Our legal team has experience representing passengers who have sustained a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of the operator of the snowmobile or other party. We appreciate that most passengers are friends or relatives of the operator and work hard to secure a recovery for you without filing a lawsuit.
Injuries Associated With Illinois Snowmobile Accidents
There is a risk involved whenever someone decides to participate in a sport or activity like snowmobiling. Snowmobiles can weigh over 600 pounds and go speeds of over 90 MPH, making them dangerous when not driven safely.
Some of the injuries associated with snowmobile crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Joint injury and dislocation
Our attorneys take care to ensure every aspect of the cases in fully evaluated to maximize the damages for each client. We are diligent in our investigation to determine all of the responsible parties and maximize the available insurance coverage.
In some cases, another operator or driver of a motor vehicle may cause an accident through negligence, and in those instances, the injured rider may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. These include:
- Collisions. If another snowmobile rider is reckless and hits another snowmobile/rider, they may be liable for damages.
- Motor vehicles. Snowmobile drivers that are following the state regulations yet are hit and injured by a motor vehicle due to the motorist’s negligence; they may be able to receive compensation for their injuries.
- Product liability. Snowmobiles can have manufacturer defects that can cause an injury accident. If a person is injured due to a defect in their snowmobile or improper maintenance on a rented snowmobile, there may be a case for liability for their injuries.
Approximately 200 people are killed, and another 14,000 are injured every year in snowmobile accidents. While many of these may fall under inherent risk, others are caused by driver negligence.
When this is the case, the injured victim or their family will need the counsel of an experienced Illinois snowmobile accident attorney to determine whether they can receive compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses from the negligent party. In some circumstances, an injured person may be eligible to recover punitive damages from the negligent party.
In a fatal accident, the family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death case against the individual or entity that caused or contributed to the collision. Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family members can recover compensation for loss of economic and emotional support.
Get Legal Help for Your Snowmobile Accident Injuries
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents injured snowmobile drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Our attorneys continue to prosecute accidents involving snowmobiles in Illinois and throughout the Midwest.
Many of these accidents are covered under insurance policies that provide coverage for these injuries and medical expenses. In many cases, we are able to negotiate a settlement directly with the insurance company which will avoid the lengthy process of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Like all of our personal injury cases, we handle Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin snowmobile accidents on a contingency fee basis where we only charge a legal fee if there is a recovery for you.