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Appleton personal injury lawyer for snowmobile collisionsSnowmobiling is a common pastime during Wisconsin winters, and in fact, some of the first ever snowmobiles were created in the state of Wisconsin. However, it can be a dangerous hobby, as recent years have demonstrated. In 2019, snowmobile accident fatalities in the state matched the most recent 10-year average of 16, and there was an even greater number of fatal accidents in 2020. Fortunately, injury victims of accidents involving snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles may be able to recover damages if the injuries were caused by another person’s negligence.

Snowmobile Laws and Regulations in Wisconsin

Though snowmobiles are often used away from roadways, including on private property, they are still subject to important regulations under Wisconsin law. These regulations are aimed at promoting the safety of riders and other people in their vicinity. For example, snowmobiles must be registered with the state, and operators born in 1985 or later are required to earn a Snowmobile Safety Certification. Other snowmobile safety laws include:

  • Restrictions on the use of snowmobiles on public roads, which usually require that snowmobile operators maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from the actual roadway.
  • Prohibition of operating a snowmobile on public property while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. These laws are especially important, given that the majority of fatal snowmobile accidents involve alcohol intoxication.
  • Restrictions on speed during the hours of darkness and when within a certain distance of a home or a person who is not on a snowmobile or other vehicle.

Negligence in Snowmobile Accidents

If you are injured in a snowmobile accident, you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit under a variety of circumstances. For example, you may have been injured in a collision with another negligent snowmobile operator, or with a car, truck, or other motor vehicle while driving near the roadway. You may also have been injured as a snowmobile passenger due to the driver’s negligence, or as a pedestrian in an area where people were riding snowmobiles. Wisconsin law requires that you notify law enforcement and the Department of Natural Resources after any snowmobile accident resulting in injury or death, and you should also consider contacting an attorney who can help you preserve evidence of negligence, including alcohol intoxication, excessive speed, other violations of snowmobile regulations, or any behavior that endangered your safety.

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Appleton, WI RV accident attorneyDuring the official camping season, it is not unusual to see recreational vehicles (RVs) flood the streets and campgrounds, especially on the weekends. However, because of their ability to be winterized, RVs can be utilized throughout the colder months as well. The phrase “recreational vehicle” is an umbrella term that includes campers, fifth wheel trailers, and motor homes. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), although RV accidents occur less frequently than car or semi-truck accidents, they can still cause property damage, serious injuries, and fatalities. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an RV accident, speaking with a personal injury attorney could help strengthen your claim for compensation.

Common Causes of RV Accidents

As with any motor vehicle accident, there are several factors at play when determining the cause of an RV crash. Among the many reasons that can be linked to an automobile collision, inclement weather conditions and a driver’s negligence are among the most common.

Per Wisconsin Department of Transportation regulations, an RV operator is not required to hold a CDL license, as long as the vehicle is no longer than 45 feet and is not used for commercial purposes. The most common causes of RV accidents include:

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Green Bay ATV injury lawyerOn Wednesday, March 20, 2019, a St. Germain man was found dead after a snowmobile accident. The accident occurred when the 62-year-old snowmobiler collided with a vehicle. This incident was a tragic reminder of the risks people face when operating recreational vehicles. 

Here in the state of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have access to some of the country’s greatest natural landscapes. From Governor Dodge State Park to Lake Winnebago, the recreational opportunities are seemingly endless. With so many fantastic outdoor options, it should come as no surprise that thousands of Wisconsin natives choose to purchase and ride recreational vehicles. However, accidents often occur when using vehicles such as snowmobiles or ATVs, and victims should be sure to understand their options for pursuing compensation for their injuries. 

Snowmobile Accidents

Today, many snowmobiles can weigh more than 600 pounds and travel at speeds as high as 90 mph. Due to the sheer weight and speed of these vehicles, injuries can be incredibly severe. Over 14, 000 Americans are injured in snowmobile accidents each year, and tragically, an estimated 200 people die in collisions throughout the United States on an annual basis. 

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Green Bay snowmobile accident attorneys, wisconsin snowmobile accidentRecreational activities, like snowmobiling, have become extremely popular among Americans. Unfortunately, recreational pastimes can also result in severe injury or even death because they often take place on dangerous terrain, and passengers are often unprotected. In fact, statistics show that snowmobiling causes approximately 200 deaths and 14, 000 injuries in the United States each year. If you are planning to ride, know how to reduce your risk, and learn what you should do, should a snowmobiling accident occur.

Preventing the Leading Causes of Snowmobile Deaths and Injuries

According to a 2003 Oneida Healthcare Center study, most snowmobile accidents can be attributed to preventable causes, such as excessive speeding, alcohol consumption, driver inexperience, and poor judgement. Moreover, the majority of severe or fatal head injuries can be attributed to lack of helmet use. To prevent injuries and deaths from these common causes (as well as any others) riders should follow the basic rules of safety, including:

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