With winter upon us and the possibility of participating in snow sports rises, although we haven't seen much snow yet, we would like to take a little time to go over the basic safety code for snowmobile riding.
1. Before you go out, make sure that your snowmobile is in the proper condition. Familiarize yourself with the snowmobile and read the manual.
2. Use a full size helmet, goggles or faceshield. This will prevent injuries from twigs and other debris that may come and hit you.
3. Do not wear a scarf that is long. This creates a hazard because it can get caught in the snowmobile's moving parts.
4. Know the land that you are going to ride. If you have never ridden on it, ask someone who has.
5. Keep an eye on the weather forecast.
6. Always use the buddy system and never ride by yourself.
7. Do not chase after animals of any kind.
8. Use the proper lighting system on your snowmobile.
9. If you do not know the thickness of the ice or are unfamiliar with the water currents, do not go in these areas. Drowning is a major cause of snowmobile fatalities.
If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident and you have questions about the liability and if you have a case, call our northwest Ohio snowmobile accident lawyers at 800.637.8170 to schedule a free legal consultation today.