Hurt by Another Snowboarder

Snowboarding season is upon us, and its time to hit the slopes. Ski resorts are busier than ever thanks to some heavy snowfall blanketing California’s mountains this year. Unfortunately, snowboarding accidents are bound to happen with attendance skyrocketing the way it is.

You may be able to pursue compensation for your medical expenses and other damages if another snowboarder on the slopes hurts you. Get the facts on proving negligence and where to turn for help.

Proving Negligence

Everyone who participates in snow sports takes a degree of risk. However, reckless and irresponsible snowboarders can cause serious injuries. You may have a case if someone ran into your or cut you off and caused injury. The first step in any personal injury claim is proving negligence.

Skier Responsibility Code

An important guideline called the Skier Responsibility Code was created to help keep you safe. It was developed out of respect and common sense on the slopes. A negligent snowboarder’s actions may have to fall outside the guidelines below for you to pursue a claim:

  • Always be in control, and able to avoid other people or objects
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above
  • Look uphill and yield to others whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail
  • Always use leashes or other devices to help prevent runaway equipment
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep out of closed areas
  • You must have knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely prior to using any lift

After the Accident

The following steps can help you strengthen your snowboarding injury claim:

  • Complete an incident report with management
  • Exchange information with the snowboarder who hit you
  • Take pictures of any injuries and the surrounding area
  • Talk to any witnesses
  • Document or keep any broken equipment
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney

Who Do You Pursue?

A snowboarding accident can be pursued similarly to a car accident claim. However, you would pursue your snowboarding injury claim with the negligent person’s homeowners insurance instead of the auto insurance. It is vital to obtain the negligent party’s contact information after the accident for this reason.

You will not be able to open a claim with your homeowner’s insurance policy if the negligent snowboarder does not have insurance. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine what your next steps should be.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, we understand that even minor snowboarding injuries can rack up costly medical expenses. No injury or claim is too small for us. Your case is our cause, not just another day at the office. Our skilled personal injury attorneys are here to assist you after your snowboarding accident. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation.




That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.