Snowmobiling is a passion for many Minnesotans during the winter time, but it can also be a source of significant injury. Every year we help numerous snowmobile drivers and riders get the compensation they deserve after an accident, and we’d be happy to do the same for you if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing legal help following a crash. Below, we talk a little more about your legal options after a snowmobile accident in Minnesota, and the different ways you can receive compensation.
What To Do After A Snowmobile Accident
If you are involved in a snowmobile accident in Minnesota, you likely have a number of different thoughts racing around in your head. It’s important that you take a few minutes to collect your thoughts, make a plan and put yourself in the best position to collect compensation in the event you are going to pursue a claim. Here’s the best way to do that.
1. Seek Medical Attention – For serious injuries, you’re going to want to seek immediate medical attention for you and anyone else who suffered injuries. Aside from getting necessary medical care, this also helps provide professional documentation of the extent of your injuries, which will be important for the success of your claim.
2. Document The Scene – If you have your smartphone with you, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of your injuries, damage to your snowmobile, and the area where the crash occurred. If anything contributed to the crash, like a tree branch or poorly marked trails, take pictures of this evidence as well.
3. Witness Information – If anyone was with you or can support your version of events, make sure you have their contact information. Having multiple parties verify your claim can help to strengthen your argument.
4. Contact A Lawyer – Snowmobile accident claims are complex, and oftentimes it becomes a legal battle over who truly is liable for the accident. Odds are the other parties will have lawyers, and if you try to go it alone, your claim can be minimized or your case rejected by the judge. Hire a lawyer who can sift through the evidence, put forth a strong claim and counter any claims made by the opposition to get you the compensation you deserve.
Speaking of liability, it’s important to understand the players involved and their liability in your snowmobile crash. If you’re a rider, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against a driver if they were traveling at unsafe speeds, were under the influence or failed to safely operate the snowmobile. If you’re a rider or a passenger, liability for a crash may also be caused by other drivers or from the property owner who manages the trail. There are a number of different ways in which you can pursue a snowmobile claim depending on who’s really at fault, so again, it’s imperative that you have a lawyer by your side who can put you in the best position to earn an award.
There are a number of different types of compensation you can collect in the wake of a snowmobile accident, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
Any economic fallout you experience as a result of your snowmobile accident is typically compensable, so it’s important to carefully document how you’ve been affected by the accident so that you can get every penny you’re entitled to receive.
We hope you stay safe on the snowmobile trails this winter, but if you end up in an accident caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, know that you have legal options. Let Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm get you the compensation you deserve after a snowmobile accident. For more information or for help with your personal injury claim, give his team a call today at (952) 230-2700.
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