Skiing and Snowboarding
One of the forms of recreation that many people enjoy and look forward to is skiing and snowboarding. The thrill and enjoyment of gliding across bright white snow is amazing and exhilarating, along with a boundless sense of freedom and enjoyment.
However, it is not all fun and enjoyment. Tragedies and accidents do occur. In fact, skiing and snowboarding accidents do take place, and they can have devastating consequences. Snowboard or skking accidents may result in serious injures, such as disability, paralysis or even death.
Dangers and Risks of Snow Skiing
There are several dangers and risks that are inherent in skiing and snowboarding, which can lead to accidents. Some of these are:
- Falls, such as those that take place from ski lifts
- Snowboard or skiing accidents that result from inadequate instruction from the instructor
- Risk of an avalanche
- Accidents that happen because of a lack of adequate warnings and signs
- Collisions with other people in the trail or snowboarding area
- Accidents that are brought about by defective equipment
- Collisions with objects
More hazards of snowboarding and skiing
There are also some hazards and risks for snow accidents from skiing or snowboarding that are not as obvious as those just mentioned above. Some of these include:
- An instructor who takes you to a snowboarding or ski slope that is more difficult than you have the ability to negotiate
- Collisions with other snowboarders or skiers who are acting in a careless, reckless manner
- Falls from lifts when they take place due to operator negligence, faulty maintenance or defective design
- Unmaintained slopes that have tree branches, rocks, dirt patches or other types of debris
- Failure on the part of the ski resort operator or owner to maintain the equipment
- Faulty design of the snowboarding or ski terrain, especially if it is going downhill
- Failure on the part of the ski resort owner or operator to mark obstacles that you could bump into, especially if you are going downhill
Skiing and snowboarding accidents happen more often than you might think. According to statistics, that are around 40 snowboarding or ski-related fatalities every year in the United States. Each year, about that same number of people are paralyzed or disabled in skiing and snowboarding accidents. In fact, over 150,000 people are seriously injured in skiing and snowboarding accidents every year, and the annual medical expenses from those accidents has gone over $250 million.
Hopefully, if you have been involved in a skiing accident or snowboard accident, you were able to get up and walk away from it. Or, you may have only had to deal with minor injuries, such as bruises, scrapes or a sprained or twisted ankle.
However, you may not have been so lucky. You may have suffered serious, even disabling injuries from your skiing or snowboarding accident.
If your skiing or snowboarding accident was caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another skier or snowboarder, you are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. If your skiing or snowboarding accident was a result of some failure on the part of the ski resort’s owner or operator, you are also able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover for your injuries and damages.