The rising popularity of snowmobiles is not hard to understand. They provide access to Ontario’s stunning back country during the winter months and are both fun and (comparitively) inexpensive to operate. But just like motorcyclists, snowmobile riders and passengers can suffer serious personal injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries. Care should be taken on every outing to make sure that the risks are minimized. Riders and passengers need to appreciate that the same or similar laws apply to the use of snowmobiles just like other motor vehicles such as cars or motorcycles.
The use of snowmobiles in Ontario is governed by the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act. It is absolutely necessary to make sure snowmobiles are registered if they are going to be used off your own property. Validation stickers are also required unless the snowmobile is used only on land that you own. If the snowmobile is driven along or across a highway the driver has to be 16 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license or a motorized snow vehicle operator’s licence. The consequences of driving a snowmobile without valid insurance can be devastating if you get involved in an accident. If you have any questions about insurance or the need to have insurance for your snowmobile, contact a licensed insurance agent and ask. If you or a member of your family is involved in a snowmobile accident, get legal advice. Don’t assume anything. Even if you think the accident is your fault, contact a lawyer and find out what your rights are. Under Ontario law benefits may be available to victims of snowmobile accidents just like victims of other motor vehicles accidents, no matter whose fault the accident was. At McNally Gervan LLP our focus is on making sure that accident victims are fairly compensated and get the benefits they are entitled to. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our lawyers for a free consultation.