Pennsylvania is home to many skiing and snowboarding resorts. And while many of these resorts are family-friendly and completely safe, some owners and operators of skiing and snowboarding resorts can be negligent.
Who doesn’t love outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding? Right, only those who have never tried skiing or snowboarding before. Unfortunately, not all of these resorts are equally safe, and there is always a risk of getting injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident.
It’s not a big surprise that skiing and snowboarding can lead to an injury, because these are extreme sports. And while it is true that skiing and snowboarding carries some risk of injury, this risk can be multiplied when skiing or snowboarding in dangerous conditions at a resort, using faulty or defective ski or snowboard equipment, and colliding with negligent skiers or snowboarders who disobey safety rules.
“When you become a victim of someone else’s negligence at a skiing or snowboarding resort, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injury,” says our Philadelphia skiing and snowboarding accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
These are some of the most common causes of injury at skiing and snowboarding resorts in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania:
“If you can prove that your skiing or snowboarding injury was caused by the negligence on the part of the operator, property owner, other skier or snowboarder,manufacturer of the equipment, or any other party, you may be entitled to recover damages by pursuing a personal injury claim,” explains our experienced skiing and snowboarding accident attorney in Philadelphia.
“Wait, so does it mean that other skiers and snowboarders can be sued for accidents, too?” you may be wondering. Yes. Under Pennsylvania law, anyone participating in the sport of skiing or snowboarding is legally required to follow certain rules. Instructors at skiing and snowboarding resorts are required to outlines these rules to every skier and snowboarder before allowing him or her to participate in this recreational activity.
The owner or operator or a skiing or snowboarding resort may attempt to escape liability for your injury by claiming that the accident was caused by a defective ski or snowboard equipment. While it is true that manufacturers of ski and snowboard equipment can be held liable for manufacturing and design defects, the resort has a legal duty to inspect and maintain these pieces of equipment in a safe condition to prevent such accidents.