Skiing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. According to statistics compiled by the US National Ski Areas Association, there is an average of 40 deaths every year caused by snowboarding and ski accidents in the United States.
The average injury rate on any given day is 2 to 3 every 1,000 skiers. During the 2010/2011 season, there were 47 fatalities out of the 60.5 million snowboarder/skier days that were reported for the season.
There are many ways to prevent skiing injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:
- ACL (anterior collateral or cruciate ligament) injuries
- Shoulder fractures or dislocations
- Fractures in the lower extremity
- Spinal injuries
- Shoulder separations
- Wrist, thumb, or hand injuries
- Closed head injuries
Preventing Skiing Injuries
Snow sports like skiing and snowboarding come with a fair share of injuries, but they can be prevented with proper equipment, proper preparation, and common sense. Here is a look at how you can prevent these injuries and do away with the need to file a ski accident lawsuit:
- Proper Equipment and Instruction – It is pivotal to make sure that you get proper instruction before you get on the slopes. This will help prevent injuries. Proper equipment also plays a crucial role in the prevention of injuries. Only 48% of skiers and snowboarders wear helmets in the United States. Protective gear can lower the risk of injury by 43%.
- Safe Skiing Practices – Children are a large part of the group of skiers in the country. It is profound for parents to make sure that their children are given proper education about safe skiing practices before they are allowed to get on the slopes. Professional instruction is a must.
- Common Sense – Most injuries can be prevented with a little bit of common sense. The majority of ski accidents occur when a skier is fatigued or after lunch. It is vital to stay hydrated and rest every few hours. Abiding by the warnings and signs in a ski resort is also important for your safety as well as the safety of others around you.
Ski Injuries and Personal Injury
Most ski laws protect ski resort owners from liability which is why bringing a personal injury claim against them can be a long and arduous task. These laws are state laws and the statutes and the case law that is decided by the state courts will decide the responsibilities and rights of the ski area operator and skier or snowboarder.
RMFW Law Brings Home the Bacon
If you have been injured in a ski accident and believe that the resort’s negligence caused the accident, you should seek the help of the skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
Is your case winnable? Do you have a valid case? Give us a call and let’s find out. We have won millions of dollars for past clients, you too can be on this noteworthy list. We know what it takes to win and we know how to punch holes in the opposition’s case. We look forward to hearing from you.