Snowmobiling is supposed to be a day of fun – when friends can enjoy the snow and cold weather. It’s not an activity that you would normally expect to end in death. Sadly, that is exactly what happened for one 20-year-old woman in Wisconsin.
The woman was a passenger on a 1995 Polaris 600 snowmobile. The driver, a 21-year-old male, turned to avoid hitting an ice fishing house. When he swerved, the woman was thrown from it and hit the ice fishing house. The call to emergency services revealed that the woman had severe head injuries. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was started on the woman prior to the ambulance arriving. She was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident. The driver wasn’t hurt, but he was arrested for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated.
This case brings up a variety of questions about the snowmobiling outing. Could the accident have been prevented if the man hadn’t been drinking? Was the woman wearing a helmet? If she wasn’t, could that have saved her? While the answers to these haven’t been made public, her family might be able to find out the answers.
Because the woman died of her injuries sustained in this horrible accident, her family might have the right to seek compensation for her death. Seeking the advice of an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney who has worked on wrongful death cases might help the family members to decide on the types of claims to make. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might also be able to seek compensation for your loss.
Source: ABC 5 Eyewitness News, “Wis. Woman who Died in Alcohol-Related Snowmobile Accident Identified” Megan Stewart, Jan. 16, 2014