The first significant snowfall in Minnesota marks the unofficial beginning of all things winter, such as sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and, of course, snowmobiling.  According to the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, there are over 250,000 registered snowmobiles in Minnesota.  Minnesota is also the home of two major snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat and Polaris. Unfortunately, anytime people are riding these fast, and powerful machines, accidents and injuries are inevitable.  

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in the 2009-2010 snowmobile season, there were 212 reported snowmobile accidents, including 19 fatalities.  Because of the potential for serious injury, snowmobile riders should always exercise the utmost of care and caution while riding.  This means wearing and using proper equipment, obeying all laws, and following all safety and training requirements.  Even the most careful snowmobiler however, may still be the victim of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, whether it be another snowmobile, a driver of an automobile, or someone responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the trail.

If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation, including property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  If you or someone you know has been involved in a snowmobile accident, contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation.