Each year, injuries resulting from snowmobile accidents occur. Just like all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles can be an excellent source of fun, but under the wrong circumstances, they can also be a vehicle that leads to serious injury or death. Snowmobile accidents often involve falling into open water or running into a tree or another stationary object.
Recently, a Wheeling man died when his snowmobile ran into open water in Lake Geneva. Due to falling temperatures, the lake, which appeared to be solid ice, turned to open water near the middle. His snowmobile plunged into the water. Another man jumped off of his machine and avoided falling into the water. The man called 911, but because the open water was not near the edge of the lake, the emergency responders were unable to reach the area for approximately an hour. The Wheeling man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other man was treated for hypothermia. Read the rest »
During a performance at the annual skydiving festival in Puerto Rico, a 58 year old Chicago man died when difficulties operating his chute occurred. According to festival organizers, this was the first death that had happened in the last 15 years. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which investigates airplane and helicopter accidents, is investigating the circumstances of the accident. The man was considered an experienced skydiver, but festival organizers believe that the accident was the result of pilot error and not the result of any mechanical or technical error. They believe that after the parachute took an aggressive turn, the man did not have sufficient time to adjust himself for a proper landing.
Although Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and is governed by American laws, this accident highlights a problem that often occurs when American citizens travel abroad. Not long ago, a vacationer in Mexico was parasailing behind a boat. The boat operator failed to bring the customer back into the boat when high winds approached and he was sent sailing into a nearby building. As a result of the boat operator’s negligence, the vacationing man was severely injured. Others have plunged to their deaths in similar accidents where the operators were negligent. Others have been lost at sea when they were tossed overboard while traveling on cruise ships in international waters. Read the rest »