How to Protect Your Rights After a Snowmobile Accident
If you’ve been in a snowmobile accident, here’s what to do
In Wisconsin winters, many residents and visitors enjoy snowmobiling. While this provides a great deal of entertainment, a snowmobile is a fast, powerful vehicle that can cause injuries. In fact, from June 2016 through May 2017, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources reported 166 accidents that resulted in injuries, and 16 deaths from snowmobile accidents. If you have been injured in an accident involving a snowmobile, it is important to move to protect your legal rights.
Report Your Accident
After a snowmobile accident, you should contact the local police to file a report. Wisconsin law requires you to file a report within ten days of the accident. In addition, this provides an official record of the accident. By the time you get to trial, this record will be critical to your ability to prove the basic facts of the case, as well as helping you remember key details of what happened.
Seek Medical Care
If you are in an accident, you should take care of yourself right away. Injuries aren’t always obvious after an accident; you may not feel the effects until several days afterward. By seeing a medical professional right away, you can identify injuries you have sustained, and get the treatment you need to recover.
In addition, when you seek damages after a snowmobile accident, you need to demonstrate the injuries you suffered. Your physician’s treatment records will serve as evidence both that you were injured and that you did what you could to prevent the injuries from getting worse.
Insurance and Attorneys
Liability coverage for snowmobile drivers often serves as the primary source of compensation for your injuries. You should collect insurance information from the other driver and report the accident as soon as possible so they can start working on your claim.
That said, before you accept an offer from an insurance company, you should consult your personal injury attorney. He or she will work on your behalf to get you the maximum available recovery, rather than trying to get you to settle and go away. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices to learn more.
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