Parents present at the scene of a child’s sledding accident could be held liable for their negligence in allowing their child to sled on a hill. If the parents have a business or a home, a claim could possibly be filed against their insurance policies.
The local or state government could also be held liable because if trees were common in the area of where the accident took place, then the trees should have been roped off. A family has a limited time frame to file suite and should act as quickly as possible with a wrongful death attorney to ensure their rights.
Sledding Safety and Tips for Parents
Sledding with friends and family members has been a winter ritual for generations. Anywhere there’s snow and a hillside, you can find people sledding. Most people went sledding as a kid, and will want to share this experience with their children.
But with all this fun, sledding can also cause injuries, some of them being pretty serious. To keep your kids safe while sledding, make sure they follow these safety tips.
Though it may seem like harmless fun, sledding injuries send tens of thousands of kids to hospital emergency rooms each year. More than half of all sledding injuries are head injuries, which can be very serious and even deadly.
Statistics also show that sledders are more likely to be injured in collisions than skiers or snowboarders. Children who regularly participate in any of these winter activities, however, are generally at a higher risk of being involved in an accident and therefore being injured. Our office compiled a list of tips for parents to help their children avoid these types of injuries altogether:
- Always try to have your kids sled during the daytime, when visibility is better.
- Choose hills that are snowy rather than icy.
- Avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, or fences.
- Pick a hill with a manageable slope.
- Make certain that the sledding area and the area where sledders walk up to the hill are separate.
- Parents should sled with any children under the age of five.
- And never, attach your sled to a moving vehicle.
Sledding should be done only in designated and approved areas to ensure safety. Parents or adults must supervise children in sledding areas to make sure the sledding path is safe and there are not too many sledders on the hill at the same time.