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6 New York Snowmobile Safety Tips

Published November 30, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Snowmobilers in New York State are gearing up for the start of the 2013 season.

By following a few simple rules they can make sure their time on the snow is safe and fun.

This year, up to 150,000 registered snowmobilers will enjoy the 10,500 miles of public trails across the state. But along with the excitement of flying over snowy terrain comes the risk of injury or even death.

There were 318 reported snowmobile accidents in 2008-2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Fourteen people died in those incidents, and many more were injured or hospitalized.

The most dangerous months are January and February.

Snowmobile season does not officially begin until after the end of big game hunting season. Check with the New York Department of Environmental Conversation for the exact snowmobile opening dates in each of the state’s five zones.

Following are 6 Snowmobile Safety Tips:

  • Do not consume alcohol prior to or while riding.
  • Register your snowmobile with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Stay to the right side of trails.
  • Contact an experienced New York snowmobile accident attorney if you or a loved one is injured in a snowmobile accident.
  • Follow all posted signs.
  • Know the dangers of ice crossing.

Most snowmobilers belong to one of the 260 clubs and county associations that make up the New York State Snowmobilers Association (NYSSA). Join a club or get more information here.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, including motor vehicle accidents involving snowmobiles. Call (607) 304-4121 or use this contact form.


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