Snowmobiles are fun to ride, but they’re not toys. These are heavy, high-powered vehicles, and if they are driven recklessly, an enjoyable day on the trails can quickly turn to tragedy.
Auburn, ME (Vocus/PRWEB) March 08, 2011
“Snowmobiles are fun to ride, but they’re not toys. These are heavy, high-powered vehicles, and if they are driven recklessly, an enjoyable day on the trails can quickly turn to tragedy,” said attorney Stephen B. Wade of the Maine personal injury law firm of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott.
“Snowmobile enthusiasts need to put safety first. Take a safety course and sharpen your safety skills, and above all, use common sense when you are on the trails,” Wade said. “Always wear a helmet. Don’t drink and ride. And never speed when the conditions impact your ability to see others on the trail.”
Among the snowmobile crashes reported by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in recent weeks are:
- The death of a 39-year-old man who crashed into a snowmobile on a trail near Eustis at a time when blowing snow and wind had reduced visibility.
- Critical injuries to two men in a collision that occurred after one went back on the route to check on the other’s status. A witness told a game warden that he believed at least one of the snowmobilers was speeding.
- Two people – neither wearing a helmet – who were critically injured near Casco when they lost control of the snowmobile. According to a news release, the driver received a summons for operating under the influence and refusing a blood alcohol test.
Maine has a system of more than 13,500 miles of snowmobile trails, and each year, nearly 100,000 people register snowmobiles in the state.
However, heavy snowmobile use has also led to a high accident rate. There has been average of 152 snowmobile accidents, including seven fatalities, during the last two years, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
If a person has been injured in a crash that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of a snowmobiler, they should consult an attorney about protecting their legal rights, Wade said.
“Those are the accidents that should never happen,” he said. “A careless snowmobile rider should be held responsible, and you should be fully compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.”
About Skelton, Taintor & Abbott
Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, located in downtown Auburn, Maine, has earned a reputation since 1853 as one of Maine’s most respected law firms. Several of the firm’s attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers. The trial attorneys of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott practice in state and federal trial courts in a variety of personal injury cases and have successfully handled cases for numerous car accident victims throughout the state of Maine. For more information, contact the Maine car accident attorneys of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (207) 784-3200 or through the online contact form.
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