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Ontario Snowmobile Accident Lawyers


Common Causes of Snowmobile Accidents

Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Ontario, with approximately 30,000 kilometers of authorized snowmobile trails used by an estimated 90,000 snowmobile permit holders each year.

The downside to the popularity of snowmobiling in Ontario is that the activity results in a significant number of injuries and even deaths each year in the province, which is often a result of:

  • Dangerous behavior when operating the vehicle
  • Weather/low visibility conditions
  • Impairment caused by drugs or alcohol

Common Types of Snowmobile Accident Injuries

  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Death

How to Stay Safe on a Snowmobile

  • Avoid driving in bad weather and/or low visibility conditions
  • Don’t travel alone
  • Stay alert on the trail
  • Don’t leave the trail
  • Avoid potentially unsafe surfaces (e.g., a frozen lake or pond that might not be entirely frozen, off-trail areas that may have unknown hazards covered by snow)
  • Don’t use drugs or alcohol before or during driving
  • Carry a first aid kit
  • Obey posted speed limits if applicable

What to Do After a Snowmobile Accident

Step by Step Process
  • Stay Calm.

  • Call 911. This will alert police and ambulance services.
  • Check for injuries. If you feel that you have been seriously injured, do not try to move. Let the First Responders evaluate you and provide necessary care and support. It is important that if recommended, you go to the hospital. Please proceed to the hospital right away. Hospital records are extremely important in evaluating which injuries occurred in the accident. The insurance industry often suggests that injuries had already existed or are not related to the accident because there was no initial complaint at the time of the accident. 

  • If the accident is minor or no major injuries are present, then move the snowmobiles off the path to a safe area if possible. Turn hazard lights on in all vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Call the police.
  • Make notes of damages and take pictures.
  • Record or photograph the names, addresses, license plate numbers, vehicle information (make, model, year) of each vehicle involved in the accident, as well as insurance information.
  • Get information from any available witnesses, especially their names and contact information.
  • When able, Contact your insurance company.
  • It is absolutely vital that you begin a diary containing dates, times, places of medical treatment and insurance contacts. 
  • It’s important to file a report and request accident benefits within 30 days of involvement in a snowmobile accident. If you are a family member of an accident victim who  is unable to file a claim themselves due to their injuries, talk to one of our snowmobile accident lawyers as soon as possible to ensure that a report is filed before the 30-day deadline.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer can Help After a Snowmobile Accident

Strype Personal Injury Lawyers will negotiate with  relevant insurance companies and refer you to our extensive network of medical professionals to ensure you  receive the best treatment for injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident.

We will be your advocate and will negotiate or litigate for as long as it takes for you to receive a reasonable settlement. We’ll work closely with you to ensure you receive all available benefits (accident, disability, third-party liability, or tort).