Recreational Accidents in Vermont
Vermont has a reputation for many outdoor recreational activities due to its mountains, lakes and rural character. Although the Green Mountains draw many outdoor enthusiasts to Vermont each year, many people are injured in accidents that involve skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor sports participation.
If you have been injured while participating in an outdoor recreational activity due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, business or entity, it is important to consult with an experienced Vermont personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurred.
The statute of limitations for skiing and snowboarding cases is one year. I encourage you to call me right away at 802-888-7707 if you have been injured in an outdoor recreational activity in Vermont.
Some of the most common claims for personal injury arising from recreational accidents in Vermont occur in the following situations:
- Ski and snowboard collisions;
- Ski lift accidents;
- Cycling accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Horseback riding accidents; and
- Snowmobiling accidents.
Accidents sustained as a result of recreational activities can be caused by the negligence of the business or person who is responsible for the safety of the activity, because the product was designed poorly, because the workers at the scene of the accident were careless or negligent, or because another participant was simply negligent in their participation in the activity.
When making a claim for injuries sustained in a recreational accident, most of the time you will have a claim for negligence, although in some cases you may have a claim under a product liability or manufacturer’s liability basis.
Since Vermont follows the theory of comparative negligence, if you are 50% or less at fault for the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident, you will likely be able to recover compensation for your injuries, reduced by your percentage of negligence.