Recently, several snowmobile accidents have shown up in the news across states along the east coast. One accident, which occurred in New Hampshire near Boston, Massachusetts, involved a father and son. According to the news article from CBS Local in Boston, a father of three was out riding a snowmobile with his nine-year-old son when the throttle of his snowmobile got stuck. The snowmobile hit a rock, and the father and son threw themselves off of the vehicle as it went airborne. The son survived, but the father unfortunately did not. The snowmobile landed in a nearby creek after flying over 70 feet into the air. The son, whose only injury was a broken leg, was grateful to his father for saving his life by throwing him into a pile of powdery snow, which broke his fall.
Another such accident occurred closer to home in Windsor Township, PA. According to local news reports, an adult male was driving a snowmobile while intoxicated and hit a tree. He did not survive the accident. It is important and sobering to remember that snowmobile fatalities not only end the life of the victim, but they drastically and permanently damage the lives of the family and friends they leave behind. Please use proper safety precautions when driving or as a passenger on a snowmobile to do your best to avoid accidents and injury.
Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state’s youth. Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians. Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles. For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100.