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Maine Snowmobile Accident Lawyers

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Maine has a system of more than 13,500 miles of trails, making snowmobiling a popular pastime in our state. Each year, approximately 100,000 people register snowmobiles in our state, and our economy enjoys an estimated $300 million boost from snowmobilers spending money on equipment, restaurants, hotels and gas.

As the use of snowmobiles increases, however, so do the number of snowmobile accidents. According to a report from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, there were an average of 152 snowmobile accidents and seven snowmobile-related fatalities over a recent two-year span.

Snowmobile accidents can be caused by numerous factors, including:

  • Alcohol use;
  • Excessive speed;
  • Lack of familiarity with trails.

Maine has stiff penalties for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated. Operators convicted of this offense face fines and even a jail sentence. Those same operators face liability in civil court when their reckless conduct injures other snowmobilers.

If your snowmobile accident was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another snowmobile operator, you may have a personal injury claim for the harm you've suffered. In some cases, your injuries may be caused by a defective snowmobile.

Recalls are all too common. For instance, in February 2010, about 1,300 snowmobiles by one manufacturer were recalled because of a potential fuel leak and fire hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you're injured because of a product defect, you may have a product liability claim.

The personal injury attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have experience helping clients who have been involved in snowmobile accidents in Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland and throughout Maine.

We are well-informed about the unique issues presented by such accidents and have the insight needed to achieve the best possible result in a snowmobile-related claim for you and your family. To learn more about your legal options, contact us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.