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New York is one of the top states in the nation for snowmobiling, and when the conditions are right, there are few activities that are more exhilarating. The high speeds and unpredictable terrain, however, also make it one of the most dangerous. If you’ve been injured in a snowmobile accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, an experienced Buffalo snowmobile accident attorney is standing by with the help you need.

Snowmobile Rentals

Often, riders rent snowmobiles, and the operations doing the renting are responsible for ensuring that their customers know how to operate the vehicles safely and the safety rules that apply. Operating a snowmobile amounts to operating heavy machinery, and allowing inexperienced drivers – who aren’t properly instructed, warned, or prepared – to do so can prove deadly. In some instances, the rental company can be held responsible for snowmobile accidents caused by poor or inadequate training.

Inadequately maintained snowmobiles, snowmobiles that are faulty by design or manufacture, and failure on the part of the rental company to ensure that renters wear safety helmets, which are required by law in New York, can also cause or contribute to the serious nature of snowmobile accidents.


Many snowmobile trails have speeds posted, and they are more than a mere recommendation. New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reports that, of the 19 snowmobiling fatalities in 2022, 8 were caused by excess speed. Speeding doesn’t only endanger the person driving the machine but, instead, greatly increases the chances that passengers, other snowmobilers on the trail, and innocent bystanders will be harmed.


While most of us take the matter of drinking and driving very seriously, this isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to snowmobiling, which is often viewed as a form of entertainment rather than as a major responsibility. Snowmobilers who are under the influence can experience all the following:

  • Impaired vision
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Impaired handling capabilities
  • Increased impulsivity and decreased judgment

Each of these can prove dangerous for the driver themselves and for others on the trail.


How do I determine if someone else was responsible for the accident?

If you were injured as a passenger or bystander or as a result of faulty equipment, the driver or the rental company may be legally responsible for your losses. If you were driving the snowmobile and you believe the other driver’s negligence played a role in the injury-causing accident, consult with an experienced snowmobile accident attorney.

What if I’m partially to blame?

Fault in snowmobiling accidents is determined in accordance with the facts, circumstances, and evidence involved, which your attorney is well prepared to address. However, even if you share fault in the matter, you can seek compensation for the percentage of your losses that the other party is responsible for.

Which losses are covered?

In a personal injury claim for a snowmobile accident, you can seek compensation in all the following categories:

  • Property damage to your snowmobile – if you own it
  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

Allow an Experienced Buffalo Snowmobile Accident Attorney to Help

The well-respected Buffalo snowmobile accident attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm recognize the seriousness of your claim and are committed to skillfully advocating for a resolution that supports your health and well-being. Learn more by contacting us or calling at 716-249-2222 today.