In 2010–2011, there were 2,329 hospital admissions for a skiing or snowboarding fall or crash, compared with 1,114 hockey-related hospitalizations. Other seasonal activities also led to hospital stays: ice skating (889); snowmobiling (1,126); and tobogganing (171).
In rural areas, operating ATVs for recreation and transportation is very common. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of registered off-road vehicles. All terrain vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles pose certain risks. Similar to motorcycle accidents, ATVs lack structural protection to riders in the event of a crash. As a result, ATV or snowmobile accident victims often sustain very serious injuries, including:
Common causes of snowmobile and ATV accidents include:
As a part of being your advocate, Benjamin Law will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure we have all of the necessary evidence to advance your case and identify all of the potential parties that may be at fault for causing your accident. Municipalities or property owners may be liable due to their failure to maintain trails or post appropriate signs. We will work with professional experts such as accident reconstruction engineers and healthcare professionals to determine liability and the full extent of your injuries. Your recovery and future stability is our priority.
What is often overlooked by riders is that ATVs require insurance like any other automobiles under Ontario law. Therefore, if you were injured in a snowmobile or ATV accident, you may be entitled to no-fault accident benefits, just as if you were injured in a car or other motor vehicle. These benefits include:
If you were not completely at fault for your accident, we can help you recover compensation from at-fault parties for: