Every winter season, millions of people will grab their warm clothes and hit the mountains across America in order to ski, snowboard, or even tube down the snowy mountain. But as fun as participating in these sports can be, they can also be quite dangerous. Every year, thousands of people injure themselves in a variety of ways, either due to their own negligence, or due to unsafe conditions, negligent actions of others, or due to failures of their equipment.
How are People at Risk for Injury Doing Snow Sports
As snowboarding has become more popular over the years, it has attracted more youth to the sport and many adults. Rates of participation in snowboarding have gone up while skiing participation has gone down. As expected, given these differences, rates of skiing injuries have halved. However, snowboarding injuries have doubled from 3.37 injuries per 1,000 visits in 1990 to 7 injuries in 1,000 visits in 2001.
When people are injured participating in snow sports, they commonly experience the following injuries:
· Head injuries, concussions
· Broken bones and fractures, including the common mid tibia fracture
· Knee injuries, including torn ACL’s
· Spinal cord injuries
· Back and neck injuries
· Suffocation due to falling into deep snow banks
When participants die during snow sports activities, this commonly occurs on faster runs where the average speed of skiers and snowboarders varies between 25mph to 45mph. Often, other snowboarders or skiers lack the kind of control that is necessary to ensure the safety of others and instead negligently create accidents that could kill someone.
How You Can Try to Prevent Injuries
If you’re going to go skiing or snowboarding, there are a number of ways you can try to ensure both your own safety and the safety of others on the mountain. It is important to think about safety as you could literally end someone’s life, including your own, if you don’t take the proper precautions. These include:
· Checking that your gear is working properly
· Taking lessons if you are not sure of how to operate the equipment
· Resting on the side of the mountain instead of in the middle of a run
· Paying close attention to where you are going and where people in front of you are going
· Not stabbing people with poles and other parts of your gear
· Reducing your speed to ensure safety on the mountain
· Ensuring you don’t drink too much or use drugs before getting on the mountain
· Use the lap bar on the chair lift
· Don’t attempt to use the chair lift in an unsafe manner
· Staying on the path and not wandering off path into heavily forested areas or rocky areas
Winter sports can be extremely fun and satisfying, but they also represent many opportunities for injuries. If you’ve suffered an injury engaging in these fun sports, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a skilled personal injury attorney today to find out.