Every winter, thousands of people hit the slopes on their skis and snowboards in search of excitement and adventure.
With this in mind, how many recreational skiers and snowboarders are aware that these sports can be dangerous? How many recognize the extent of the inherent dangers involved?
Skiing and snowboarding has become very popular in Southern California mountain areas over the last decade.
However, with more people being on the slopes, accident numbers have increased. Skiing and snowboarding accidents can be very serious, and sometimes even lead to death.
Skiing and snowboarding accidents are most commonly caused by:
- Falling into objects, such as trees
- Crashing into other skiers or snowboarders
- Ski lift equipment failures
- Poor instruction on safety by an instructor
Common injuries range from minor to severe and include:
- Leg fractures
- Wrist injuries
- Knee injuries
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
Many of these injuries can come with serious complications, high medical costs and even mental trauma.
Some of these accidents are caused by negligence and others by a defective product.
When it comes to negligence, the victim must prove that the accident was caused by another person’s negligent actions, such as another person acting recklessly, the ski slope was not well maintained, or your instructor did not provide adequate safety instructions.
If your accident was caused by a defective product, such as a defective snowboard binding or malfunctioning ski lift, you could have grounds for a product liability case against the manufacturer, designed or distributor of the product.
It is always preferable to avoid an accident and you can increase your chances of doing so by taking the following precautions:
- Wear a helmet
- Take lessons
- Always stay in control
- Observe all posted signs and warnings
- Avoid skiing alone
- Never drink before skiing or snowboarding
- Report unsafe conditions and behavior
If you were injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident and believe you have grounds for a personal injury case, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to discuss your case.