When you go skiing, you know that there's a possibility that you'll suffer some type of injuries. However, you don't anticipate being struck by another skier. Unfortunately, that does happen from time to time. If you're going to be skiing this winter, you need to be prepared for the aftermath of a skier-involved accident. Here are four things you need to do if you're injured by another skier while on the slopes.
1. Trade Vital Contact Information
If you're injured by another skier while you're the slopes, you need to trade vital contact information. In fact, you'll want to treat the situation like you would a motor vehicle accident. Take down the name, phone number, and address of the person responsible for your injuries. If possible, you'll also want to take down information for their home owners insurance. In most cases, home owners policies do provide coverage for this type of injury.
2. Obtain Witness Statements
If there were witnesses to the accident, you'll want to take statements from each of them. Their statements should include everything they witnessed regarding the incident as well as their contact information. If your witnesses remember seeing or hearing anything out of the ordinary pertaining to the other skier, that should be included as well. Some things of importance would include any statements to other skier may have made about their lack of experience for the slope their were attempting or any hazardous maneuvers they may have been attempting at the time of the accident.
3. File Accident Reports With the Proper Authorities
If you're involved in an accident with another skier, you need to file a report as soon as possible. This is an important step to take even if you don't think you're seriously injured. You never know if the pain is going to set in later. You'll want to file an accident report with the local ski patrol, as well as with management for the resort where you were skiing. Be sure to provide officials with your correct contact information so that you can obtain a copy of the report once it's completed.
4. Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffer injuries while skiing, it's important that you hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you receive compensation for your injuries. This is particularly important if you think that the ski resort may be partially responsible for your injuries.