Common Causes of Accidents
While the causes of ATV and snowmobile accidents vary, the more common ones include:
- Reckless driving or negligent operation
- Use of alcohol or drugs while driving
- Lack of maintenance on the vehicle
- Defective equipment and components
- Allowing minors to drive or operate the vehicle
- Other kinds of premises liability, including poorly maintained trails and hidden hazards
Common ATV & Snowmobile Injuries
Some of the common injuries from ATV and snowmobile accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe or multiple fractures
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Chronic pain
- Wrongful death
Colorado Laws Addressing
ATV & Snowmobiles
Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute section 33-14-102 to 33-14-118,
- No person shall operate or possess any snowmobile within the state unless such snowmobile has been registered.
- All riders must undergo snowmobile information, safety, education, and training programs before operating the snowmobile.
- No person below 10 years of age may operate a snowmobile.
- A snowmobile may be operated on the right-of-way of roads, streets, and highways.
- No snowmobile shall be operated on the right-of-way of any interstate highway or freeway.
- No snowmobile shall be operated upon a public street or highway unless it is equipped with one lighted headlamp, one lighted tail lamp, functioning brakes, and a muffler.
- No person shall operate a snowmobile in a careless or imprudent manner.
- No person shall operate a snowmobile in such a manner as to indicate a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.
- Hunting any wildlife from a snowmobile is unlawful.
Notice of Accident
According to Colorado Revised Statute section 33-14.5-113(1), the operator of an off-highway vehicle (OHV) involved in an accident resulting in property damage of $1,500 or more, or injuries resulting in hospitalization or death, or the owner of the OHV having knowledge of the accident shall immediately, by the quickest available means of communication, notify:
- An officer of the Colorado state patrol,
- The sheriff's office of the county wherein the accident occurred, or
- The office of the police department of the municipality wherein the accident occurred.
Who is Liable When an Accident Occurs?
When an ATV or snowmobile accident occurs, liability may be attributed to:
Another Person's Negligence
When a snowmobile accident is caused by the negligence of another person or driver, or the park’s failure to warn riders, the responsible party may be held liable.
If the snowmobile accident was due to a defective component or equipment, the manufacturer or producer may be held responsible.
Your Own Recklessness
If your recklessness, lack of attention, or control, caused the ATV accident, the Colorado court might blame it on your own carelessness. Thereby making it even more difficult to recover damages for your injuries.
Work with an Experienced ATV
& Snowmobile Accident Attorney
Getting injured in a negligent snowmobile accident can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. Such an accident can affect you physically, financially, and mentally. Nonetheless, you don't have to face it alone. Retaining a knowledgeable Colorado personal injury attorney is crucial to help protect your rights and recover rightful compensation.
At Landry Law, P.C., our attorneys have devoted their careers to handling personal injury cases, including those involving ATV & snowmobile accidents. As your legal counsel, we can help:
- Review every aspect of your case and conduct a thorough, private investigation
- Collect all relevant information, necessary evidence, and required documentation
- Determine fault and establish liability
- Determine the full effect of your injuries and other losses, and estimate case-value
- Handle all communications and negotiations with the insurer while you recover
- Negotiate a fair financial settlement with the insurance company
- File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
Our team will fight aggressively to protect your rights and represent your best interests. We will identify and hold the responsible parties accountable and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, future medical treatment, or pain and suffering.