Ski Accidents: Know Your Rights and How to Stay Safe on the Slopes

by | Mar 6, 2023 | Personal Injury

As the ski season comes to a close, thousands of people are packing up their ski equipment until next year. Unfortunately, with the increase in skiers and snowboarders comes an increase in ski accidents.  Many inexperienced skiers are unfamiliar with the causes of ski accidents, how to stay safe on the slopes, and what to do if you’ve been injured in an accident.

Ski accidents can occur for various reasons, with some of the most common causes being collisions with other skiers or snowboarders, equipment failure, poor slope maintenance, and human error. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) provides guidelines for skiers and snowboarders to follow, known as the “Your Responsibility Code.”

Skiers should ensure equipment is in good condition before hitting the slopes, as faulty bindings or damaged ski lifts can cause accidents. Ski resorts also have the responsibility to maintain safe conditions on the slopes, and poorly groomed trails or inadequate snowmaking can contribute to ski accidents.

To minimize the risk of injury while skiing or snowboarding, it’s important to wear appropriate gear, follow the “Your Responsibility Code,” and be aware of your surroundings. Beginners should consider taking lessons from a qualified instructor to improve their skills. Additionally, it’s essential to know your limits and choose ski runs that are appropriate for your skill level.

If you have been injured in a ski accident, it is essential to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. Another skier or snowboarder’s negligence, ski resorts’ failure to maintain safe conditions, or manufacturers of faulty ski equipment can be held liable in certain cases.

In the event of a ski accident, seek medical attention immediately, report the accident to the ski resort, and obtain a copy of the accident report. Document the scene of the accident, including taking photographs and gathering contact information from witnesses. Preserve any evidence, such as damaged ski equipment. Finally, contact a personal injury attorney with experience to discuss your legal options.

Those touched by an accident should know their legal rights and remedies, and act quickly to preserve them. Our attorneys have extensive experience in cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives, or been seriously injured.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.