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Snowmobiling in PA

It is important to remember your safety tips when walking, driving, and participating in outdoor activities this season.  The cold weather can increase danger, and it is important to know state regulations in order to keep yourself and others safe.  This safety-first attitude takes even greater meaning if you participate in more potentially hazardous winter activities in our area like skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing.  

 Unfortunately, winter accidents, such as from ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, are more common than many people many think.  Snowmobile accidents, in particular, account for a large amount of winter-related accidents and deaths. It is important to remember that snowmobile accidents affect not only the victim, but can drastically and permanently change the lives of the loved ones in their lives. Please use proper safety precautions when driving a snowmobile and/or participating in other winter activities 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. 

Throwback Thursday: Snowmobile Safety and Accident Prevention

This blog post, originally highlighted on our website several years ago, bears repeating as we enjoy winter sports outside. Please take a minute and review this article, which can be found below, to make sure your snowmobiling practices are as safe as possible!

Family Settles in ATV Accident For Over $4M

Recently, a family won over $4M in a lawsuit involving an ATV accident that resulted in the leg amputation of a young boy.  According to the story, which was published online by SalemNews.net, a friend of the family took the boy on an ATV ride on a Yamaha Rhino when the vehicle flipped on its side and the boy's leg was trapped underneath.  This particular ATV did not have doors, so the boy's legs were not protected by any doors or windows on the vehicle.  As a result, the boy's leg was crushed and had to be amputated.  The boy's family sued the driver of the vehicle and was awarded over $4M in damages.  The family also sued Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and settled for an undisclosed amount.  
Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.   Most fatal all-terrain vehicle accidents occur when excessive speed and/or alcohol consumption play a role.  Night driving is also a particular hazard, and some reports estimate that most fatal accidents occur between the hours of 8PM and 3AM.  When children are involved in fatal accidents, the majority of deaths tend to result head and spine injuries from impact against an object, such as a tree or wall.  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. 

ATV Crash Near Pittsburgh, One Teen Dead

Unfortunately, reports of another ATV-related accident have surfaced in Petrolia, PA.  According to a Lancaster-area news source, a teenager was recently driving an ATV that caused a crash, and another teenage passenger who was on board during the ride died.  The driver could now potentially face charges, along with another participant who moved the all-terrain vehicle from the site of the crash.  The accident occurred in a rural area about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA.  
Police who have been investigating the accident believed that alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, since the driver abandoned the scene.  Additionally, the ATV was totaled, and a friend who was following the driver and his friend in a truck helped the driver remove the ATV from the scene.  At this time, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim and everyone else who was involved in the accident.  
ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles (such as snowmobiles) are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   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 Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Be Cautious When Snowmobiling on State Game Lands

Pennsylvanians who enjoy our great outdoors on game lands will likely be required to have a permit in the future.  As the result of a proposal put forth to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's board, anyone who wants to hike, ride a bicycle, horseback ride, or snowmobile on state game lands will need to either buy a hunting license or get a free permit.  Proponents of the permitting process say that the permits will work as a way to collect data on the use of land by non-hunters, and will provide a means to help maintain game lands. 

Snowmobile Accidents On the East Coast

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.  

Snowmobile Accident Prevention!

A recent online article, which can be accessed by clicking this link, talks about The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association's (ISMA) global campaign to raise awareness for snowmobile safety and training.  According to the publication, different countries' laws governing snowmobile operation are extremely variable, and there are generally fewer regulations for snowmobile operation than for other, similar vehicles like ATVs.

PA's Important Snowmobile Laws: What You Need To Know

Are you familiar with Pennsylvania's snowmobile laws?  Many users may not realize the regulations required to properly and legally operate a snowmobile on PA's trails and recreational areas.  Here are a few of Pennsylvania's most important snowmobile laws that people may not know.

NBC News Video Clip on ATV Accidents

Want to learn more about the prevalence of all-terrain vehicle accidents across the country? Check out this NBC Nightly News clip from July 2012.  At that time, over 700 people died from ATV accidents in a year, and about 136,000 visited the hospital for ATV-related injuries.  Check out the news clip by clicking here!

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