Snowboarding Injuries in Utah
Living in Utah almost requires that either snowboard or ski and both sports are naturally dangerous. Think about it, you are going 40-60 miles an hour down a mountainside with rocks, trees, and cliffs acting as barriers and just waiting for you to run into them. While there is certainly an assumption of risk that one must make when participating in these sports, the ski resort owners still owe you certain duties of care as do other skiers.
The Utah Inherent Risks of Skiing Act
In 1979, the state of Utah passed the Inherent Risks of Skiing Act which was aimed at protecting ski resorts from liability for risks that are assumed to be inherent in skiing and that which everyone should guard against. Although the ski operators will generally argue that recovery for any injury is precluded by this act, the Utah Supreme Court has rejected such arguments. In 1991 the Utah Supreme Court stated that the act “does not purport to grant ski area operators complete immunity from all negligence claims initiated by skiers.”
Ski operators, therefore, are not immune to liability for injuries caused on their resorts and slopes. Instead, ski operators are required to exercise ordinary care to eliminate the hazards of skiing. Whether your specific facts will fall outside of the act will determine whether you can recover for your injuries. That is why it is so important that you call Salcido Law Firm. An experienced snowboarding injuries lawyer in Utah will be able to tell you whether your case is subject to the act and whether there you have a viable claim against the ski operator.
The Law Firm of Salcido Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in a snowboarding or skiing accident, contact Salcido Law Firm at 801.413.1753 or by email to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. There is only one way to find out if you will be able to recover for your claims so contact us today.