Here at Cook, Bradford & Levy ski accident attorneys we pray for snow and love to hit the slopes in the winter time. We recognize that skiing in Colorado is one of the most enjoyable activities that we can do as residents and visitors to our great state. Just like any activity, however, there are risks involved with skiing or snowboarding. Ski collision attorneys know that some skiing and snowboarding is inherently risky, like jumping off cliffs or backcountry skiing in an avalanche zone. But we believe that skiing in-bounds on well-marked runs should be a safe experience so long as everyone on the slopes is skiing in control and within their abilities. It is a problem when a responsible skier or snowboarder gets hurt due to another skier’s failure to ski responsibly and carefully. Most often experienced ski collision attorneys see skiers and snowboarders get hurt when another careless skier or snowboarder collides with them. Ski collisions hurt people, and when this happens an experienced Boulder ski collision lawyer can help you.
If you are injured on the slopes you may ask yourself, “how do I know if I have a ski collision case?” In answering this question, a knowledgeable and experienced Boulder ski collision attorney will evaluate four basic factors:
- did the skier or snowboarder who caused the collision have a duty to ski safely?
- did the skier or snowboard who caused the collision violate that duty?
- were you injured in the collision? and
- what are your damages resulting from the collision and injury?
To answer these questions, at Cook, Bradford & Levy ski collision attorneys we believe it is extremely important for any person injured in a ski or snowboard collision to gather as much information about the collision as possible. Much like a car accident, an injured skier or snowboarder should try to exchange information with the person who caused the collision, taking down the skier’s or snowboarder’s name, phone number, address, driver’s license ID # and any other relevant information, like a ski pass number, for example. Of course, if the person who caused the ski collision is angry or in a fit of rage, you should use caution. The injured skier or snowboarder should also make a report with Ski Patrol as soon as possible and otherwise document the circumstances of the ski collision. If skiing with friends or family, or if other witnesses are present, an injured skier or snowboarder should document the contact information of all witnesses and, if possible, get a written statement from those people. We recommend contacting a Boulder ski collision lawyer as soon as possible so that we can assist you in the investigation process that will help safeguard and protect your potential claim. At Cook, Bradford & Levy ski accident attorneys we can use the information about the skier or snowboarder who caused the collision to locate any potential insurance policy that might provide coverage for you as a result of the ski accident. Often times the skier’s or snowboarder’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy can provide coverage.
In regard to the four factors mentioned above, all Colorado skiers and snowboarders have a duty to ski safely or snowboard safely. This duty can be breached in any way imaginable, but is most commonly demonstrated by skiing too fast for conditions, skiing outside of the skier’s or snowboarder’s abilities, not paying attention to conditions on the slopes, being overly aggressive, skiing carelessly or recklessly without regard to the safety of others, and so on. Fortunately, most collisions with skiers and snowboarders do not result in serious injury, but when a serious injury does happen, like a broken bone, severe trauma from impact, bruising to organs, concussion, etc., then we recommend that you contact a Boulder ski collision lawyer as soon as possible. Although the injuries themselves are enough to sustain a claim against a dangerous skier or snowboarder, an experienced Boulder ski accident lawyer can help determine if there is also a claim for lost earnings, missed work, future medical treatment, impaired earning ability and a host of other damages such as pain and suffering, mental upset, loss of enjoyment, inconvenience and the like. A person injured in a ski or snowboard collision may also be able to recover the cost of a ruined vacation.
If you were injured in a ski collision we at Cook, Bradford & Levy ski collision attorneys want to talk with you. Reach out to us at 303-543-1000 for a free initial consultation. We encourage you to reach out to a Boulder ski collision lawyer to help you determine whether you have a claim against the careless skier or careless snowboarder who hurt you.