Utah is a popular winter sport destination for individuals and families from all over the United States and the world. With the large number of tourists visiting Utah for skiing and other outdoor winter activities, the number of injuries that occur on Utah’s slopes is unfortunately high.
Collisions between skiers and snowboarders have become a serious and far too common problem. A surprising number of skiers and boarders give little concern for those around them. They too often speed, come around blind corners without caution, take jumps without knowing who/what is below the jump, come speeding out of the trees, or just ski or board out of control. Utah law has fortunately addressed this issue and holds such skiers and boarders responsible for the injuries and harms that they cause.
When a skier or snowboarder is injured in a ski accident, a complicated system of rules, regulations and ski safety statutes will determine whether a claim can be brought against the responsible party. Most skiers and boarders have insurance that pays for the injuries they cause in a collision; however, insurance companies can be notoriously difficult to deal with. Your focus should be healing while letting my legal team handle the fight.
Unfortunately, some trips to the slopes result in serious personal injury to a skier or snowboarder. Skiing accidents and snowboarding accidents cannot simply be considered the same as “car accidents on a ski trail.” The dynamics of a ski or snowboard collision are unique to the sport, as is the law governing ski accident claims.
Whether the responsible party be a ski area operator, a fellow participant or an equipment manufacturer/supplier. The forces involved in a skiing accident often result in serious orthopedic injuries and damage to internal organs.
Often, a ski injury case will focus on the “threshold question” of whether or not the injury or death was related to a risk that the skier assumed. The answer not only depends on the facts of the accident, but also on state ski law.
We generally see four types of ski accident cases:
- Ski Collisions
- Ski Area Negligence
- Ski Lift Accidents
- Ski Equipment Failure
We strongly encourage victims of a ski accident to contact us promptly because many ski area employees are seasonal and are not U.S. citizens. The earlier we can secure all the relevant evidence and testimony, the stronger your case becomes. Each state has a time limit in which one must file a personal injury claim arising from a ski accident – the period and requirements for notice vary with the state, let us advise you as to time considerations for your claim.