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Snowmobile accident kills one and injures another

In the states where snow is frequently found on the ground during the winter months, certain winter activities are regularly seen. Although some activities are fairly safe, some pose risks and chances of personal injuries or even fatalities. Whether it is snowmobiling, ice-skating, skiing or ice fishing, New Jersey residents should be aware of health and safety risks as well as general winter weather safety. It is important to educate the general public about any risks or essential safety equipment. In addition, certain activities can require permits and licenses, so it is important that residents are up-to-date on the needed documentations as well as familiarized with any regulations.

A snowmobile crash on Oxbow Lake in Hamilton County resulted in one fatality and another hospitalized. The accident occurred in the late night hours and involved a retired police chief from New Jersey. Emergency crews responded to the incident and pronounced the 59-year-old retired police chief dead on the scene at around 1:04 a.m. The other man, 55-year-old from Far Hills, was seriously injured in the incident. He was transported to the hospital and is still in critical condition.

The snowmobile accident is still under investigation. The cause has not been determined, but it was found that speed was a factor in the accident. Investigators are still awaiting the toxicology reports to determine if any other contributing factors caused the accident.

A person injured in an accident like this might have a personal injury claim to cover medical bills, damages and pain and suffering. The loved one of the deceased might have a wrongful death claim. Compensation from the claim would cover funeral bills, medical bills, damages and pain and suffering. Certain winter activities require the same care as driving a vehicle. Drivers of a snowmobile should always watch their speeds, follow posted signs and be aware of their surroundings.

Source: Observer-Dispatch, “NJ man killed in snowmobile accident,” Jan. 24, 2013

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