Skilled Snowboard and Ski Accident Lawyers Serving Clients in Truckee, CA
Truckee, California, is heaven for winter sports lovers. This beautiful Sierra town has downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more. There are seven local ski resorts (over a dozen in the broader Truckee-Tahoe area), diverse terrain, stunning scenery, and annual snowfall of over 500 inches in the upper elevations. Ski and snowboard accidents can occur due to insufficient or faulty equipment as well as someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior. When this occurs, seek legal guidance from our Truckee Ski Injury Lawyer.
Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous. Snowboard or ski-related head, neck, or spinal cord injury can result in lengthy hospitalization and surgeries, financial burden, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Truckee ski resort accident, speak to the skilled and caring personal injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. We have a six-decade track record of success for our clients and are the most-awarded law firm in Northern California.
What you should know about ski and snowboard injuries
Head injuries comprise about 20% (22% in children) of all ski- and snowboard injuries. According to The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), are the leading cause of severe disability and death for skiers and snowboarders.
- Between 22-42% of ski-related head injuries result in loss of consciousness or clinical concussion symptoms.
- TBI plays a role in 88% of skiing/snowboarding deaths and is the most common severe injury sustained by skiers/snowboarders.
- Kids and young adults have the highest incidence of concussions; beginners and males are also at increased risk.
- There’s a 50% higher risk of head/neck injuries in snowboarding over skiing.
- While most head injuries result from falls, the most severe and life-threatening
- TBIs are usually caused by collisions with other skiers or fixed objects, such as rocks and trees.
Tips for staying safe on the slopes
Always wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding. While safety gear does not prevent all concussions, a properly fitting helmet that meets certification guidelines significantly reduces the risk and severity of ski- and snowboarding-related head injury.
- Stay on marked trails and obey all posted warnings
- Be alert and aware of the terrain, weather conditions, your surroundings, and other people on the slopes
- Look uphill before you start skiing; yield to prevent collisions.
- Stay in control
- Use proper gear that has been professionally fitted and adjusted
- Know your limits; ski within your abilities
- If you have to stop, stop where it is safe for you and others
Why you need a Truckee Ski Injury Lawyer if you’ve suffered an injury at a ski resort Everyone needs to do their part to keep the slopes safe. You may be entitled to compensation if you suffered an injury because of someone else’s carelessness—an improperly maintained or patrolled ski area, inadequate warning signs or labels, faulty equipment, or a reckless act. But determining liability in a skiing or snowboarding accident can be challenging. You’ll want an experienced and knowledgeable Truckee snowboarding and skiing injury lawyer on your side.
Contact Our Truckee Ski and Snowboard Injury Lawyer today for your free consultation.
We want to hear your ski accident story to build a case to help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and rebuild your life. We’re leaders in personal injury and wrongful death litigation and have recovered millions for our injured clients.