The Governor of New Mexico is very lucky, even if she doesn’t feel that way after a ski accident on March 7th left her with an injured knee and some political trouble in her home state. She’s fielding questions from reporters as she recovers.
But anyone who manages to walk away from a skiing accident with only an injured knee is incredibly lucky. Fast speeds are a hallmark of skiing and are also the reason that so many ski accidents are fatal or result in significant, debilitating injury. The higher the rate of speed, the more likely it is that a major or even fatal injury occurs.
In just the last month, a half dozen people have been killed in skiing accidents ranging from New Jersey to Colorado. Some examples include:
- A 13-year-old killed in New Hampshire on February 24th after he collided with a tree that lined the ski course
- A Connecticut woman who was killed on March 11th, an accident that is still under investigation by local authorities
- A 20-year-old New Jersey man killed on March 7th after striking a tree
- A 15-year-old high school student in Denver who died on March 6th from complications of a broken leg suffered while skiing
Ski resorts must take safety very seriously, and there are a variety of issues that can contribute to higher rates of injury and death at certain locations. Monitoring weather conditions and snow conditions are extremely important for maintaining a safe course, as is ensuring that trees do not encroach on any throughways.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a ski accident, determining whether or not the ski resort properly fulfilled their safety duties is important. An experienced attorney will know the right questions to ask to help the courts make that determination and hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.