Line J. Skov Snowmobile May 30th, 2018 - 16:54:46
Before heading out be sure to check the brakes headlights and taillights emergency switch and idle on your snowmobile. Make sure it has enough fuel and battery power and check the machine over thoroughly before you begin your ride. Pack an emergency kit and bring the cell phone and GPS if you have one. Never ride alone. Riding with a friend is not only fun but if things go wrong its good snowmobile safety to have another machine and driver around to help. Being injured and alone is a dangerous situation. Make sure your friends are also driving sober.
With over 20000 groomed snowmobile trails a favorite pastime for thousands of Minnesotans is snowmobiling. Keep in mind however that a snowmobile is only as safe as its driver. Before you jump on your sled and hit the trails give yourself a little refresher in snowmobile safety. Minnesota is a "Zero Alcohol" state. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while riding a snowmobile. Safety perception is altered after only one drink. Since over 70% of all fatal snowmobile accidents involve alcohol* staying sober can help you and others stay alive to enjoy another ride.
Regardless of the process snowmobile accidents will usually involve negligence as the cause of action; in such cases the plaintiff or his or her attorney must prove all elements of negligence including duty breach causation and injury. If the damages are relatively small such as in the case of an accident involving damage to the snowmobile and little else plaintiffs can plead their cases in small claims court. Plaintiffs in small claims court may not be represented by attorneys.
A heavy snow can conceal large rocks or felled trees beneath a seemingly uniform surface causing damage to the machine and a loss of control. Property owners have a duty to keep their property free of latent defects although the property owner must know or have reason to know about the particular defect and that people will be crossing the property on a snowmobile. What constitutes constructive knowledge varies by jurisdiction. Manufacturer Liability In some limited cases the manufacturer of the snowmobile may be liable for damages.