Snowmobiling is one of Canada’s favourite winter pastimes. Hundreds of clubs from communities across the country tend to the maintenance of more than 112,000 km of trails and represent some 600,000 registered snowmobiles. While safety advancements have come a long way, there is still no escaping the fact that operating a snowmobile is an inherently dangerous activity due to the weight of the machines and high speeds they are capable of reaching. As many as 1,200 Canadians are treated in hospital each year for snowmobile-related injuries. As accident lawyers based in Peterborough, we offer assistance to drivers and passengers in Ontario who have been involved in a:
Recovering from a Snowmobile Accident
Even if the pain seems manageable, schedule an appointment with your physician. Accident victims often underestimate the true extent of their damages, which can lead to chronic pain later in life. Recovery times can vary wildly, so it is important to develop a treatment plan right away. Miskin Law can represent you to fight for your rights and make sure you are given the compensation you deserve. As experienced accident lawyers we will guide you through this difficult process.
Filing an Accident Claim
If you are injured in a snowmobile accident, you are required to make a claim for accident benefits within 7 days of the incident. Claim forms must be submitted with the insurance company within 30 days, and you are supposed to notify the other party of your intention to file a claim within 120 days from the date of the accident. You have up to 2 years to file a suit. There are exceptions to all rules and many of the time limits are not strictly enforced, especially in cases where there is a reason for not having filed or taken a step within the time limits. Our accident lawyers can advise you on the best course of action. To sit down for a complimentary consultation, please call or email us.
The Law and Snowmobiling
You can operate a snowmobile if you have a valid driver’s license of any class. If you do not have a driver’s licence, but are 12 or older, obtaining a valid motorized snow-vehicle operator’s licence (MSVOL) will allow you to use trails maintained by a recreational organization. The snow-vehicle operator’s licence is issued by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs in co-operation with the Ministry of Transportation.
While in operation of a snowmobile, you need proof of ownership, proof of insurance, registration, a helmet and a snowmobile trail permit. Ontario residents must register their snowmobiles with the Ministry of Transportation, display the registration numbers and show proof of insurance. Non-residents must produce evidence of insurance and registration, or bill of sale and comply with Ontario’s snowmobile regulations.