On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, a St. Germain man was found dead after a snowmobile accident. The accident occurred when the 62-year-old snowmobiler collided with a vehicle. This incident was a tragic reminder of the risks people face when operating recreational vehicles.
Here in the state of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have access to some of the country’s greatest natural landscapes. From Governor Dodge State Park to Lake Winnebago, the recreational opportunities are seemingly endless. With so many fantastic outdoor options, it should come as no surprise that thousands of Wisconsin natives choose to purchase and ride recreational vehicles. However, accidents often occur when using vehicles such as snowmobiles or ATVs, and victims should be sure to understand their options for pursuing compensation for their injuries.
Today, many snowmobiles can weigh more than 600 pounds and travel at speeds as high as 90 mph. Due to the sheer weight and speed of these vehicles, injuries can be incredibly severe. Over 14, 000 Americans are injured in snowmobile accidents each year, and tragically, an estimated 200 people die in collisions throughout the United States on an annual basis.
Here in the state of Wisconsin, snowmobiling accidents are much more common than many of us would like to assume. With over 20, 000 registered snowmobilers in the state, Wisconsin is one of the leading states for snowmobile injuries. Throughout the 2016-2017 snowmobiling season, fatalities rose by approximately 43% in comparison to the previous season.
Much like snowmobiling, riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can be a thrilling way to experience nature. Unfortunately, ATV riding comes with many of the same risks that snowmobilers face. In 2017, 349 ATV riders were fatally injured throughout the United States. Unfortunately, the state of Wisconsin ranked as the third highest state for ATV fatalities in 2017, and an alarming 19 people were killed in ATV accidents, accounting for 5.2% of all nationwide fatalities.
Contact an Appleton Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Everyone loves to get outside and enjoy the wilderness, but recreational vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries. In many cases, snowmobile or ATV collisions occur due to the reckless actions of drivers. The most common forms of negligent recreational vehicle operation include speeding, driving off-trail, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Most operators of recreational vehicles have liability insurance with significant insurance limits to protect themselves if their negligence caused injuries or death to another. Insurance policies do not usually cover recreational vehicles unless the recreational vehicle is specifically listed on the policy. If you operate a recreational vehicle and cause an accident, notify your insurance company immediately. If you do not have insurance that specifically covers recreational vehicles, consider purchasing this coverage as quickly as possible.
If you or a family member were injured while riding on a recreational vehicle, our firm may be able to help. If your accident was caused by improper road maintenance or was the result of negligent operation by another party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we are dedicated to ensuring that your family receives the compensation you deserve. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a qualified Green Bay personal injury attorney, contact us today at 920-739-7366.