Winter activities, such as snow tubing, can be a lot of fun for children
and adults alike, but they can also be extremely dangerous when safety
precautions are not taken.
One particular accident in early 2013 that illustrates the dangers of snow
tubing occurred when five people at a Connecticut ski resort were seriously
injured in a tubing accident. The accident victims, ranging in age from
19 to 35, were treated at two local hospitals for injuries to their necks,
heads and backs.
Investigators say that the accident was the result of an inner tube getting
detached from the cable that was carrying it up the hill. The inner tube
and its six hapless riders slid backward down the hill and slammed into
the base of the lift.
The dangers of snow tubing accidents
Snow tubing accidents like the one that occurred in Connecticut are far
from uncommon. Another incident had deadly consequences when a woman from
Chicago suffered from blunt force trauma after her snow tube veered off
an embankment and slammed into a group of trees.
As snow tubing has boomed in popularity among ski resort patrons, the number
of accidents that have resulted in injuries has also skyrocketed. In fact,
medical experts estimate that they see hundreds of injuries caused by
snow tubing, as well as sledding, each year.
Experts say that many of these accidents are caused when snow tubers hit
trees and other fixed objects. These accidents often result in serious
injuries to the head and neck when snow tubers fail to wear protective
gear like helmets.
If you have been injured in an accident
Winter activities, such as snow tubing, sledding and skiing, are popular
among those who want to enjoy the winter weather, but they come with potentially
serious risks. In many cases, when people participate in these activities
at businesses like ski resorts, the establishment may be responsible for
any injuries that occur. Although patrons are advised that they participate
in these sports at their own risk, a business may be held liable if it
does not take the necessary steps to keep customers safe.
For example, if business owners do not ensure that the equipment is safe,
or that trails are groomed properly, they have not done their due diligence
to keep customers safe. In addition, a business owner is aware of such
dangers, and shirks his or her obligation to warn customers of the hazards,
they may be liable for any injuries that result.
If you have been injured participating in a winter sport at ski resort
or similar business, contact an attorney who can advise you of your rights
and tell you how to move forward with a claim against the establishment
if you have one.