NEGLIGENCE AND THE VOLUNTARY NATURE OF SPORTS

Given the voluntary nature of most sporting and recreational activities, it’s important to establish the manner in which someone else’s actions are negligent. Skateboarding, snowboarding, ski accidents, and mountain climbing present different legal issues than playing a pick-up game of basketball. When someone goes beyond the rules of the game or fails to provide a safe environment for competitive play, they can be held liable for their negligence. Malfunctioning equipment or the reckless/negligent conduct of another can cause serious accidents.

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Many skiers and snowboarders believe (mistakenly) that they “assume all risks” on the slopes. However, when someone is hurt as a result of another’s negligence, the law frequently allows the injured party to recover monetary damages.

The most common types of ski injury accidents include:

  • Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders, with immovable objects such as trees or posts, or with movable objects (like runaway boards or skis)

  • Ski lift accidents due to negligent design, maintenance or operation of the lift, or caused by the negligence of other skiers or passengers on the lift

  • Accidents caused by ski area negligence such as failure to mark a known hazard, improper slope maintenance and/or grooming, or inadequate avalanche control

  • Accidents caused by ski instructor negligence such as leading ski school students into overly challenging terrain or failing to provide safety instructions

  • Accidents or injuries resulting from faulty equipment, most commonly a failure of alpine bindings to properly release

Pursuing a claim following a skiing injury requires the knowledge and skill of an experienced attorney. Please contact Help In Colorado to discuss your specific situation.