Our Michigan ski accident injury lawyers represent clients injured in snow skiing and snow boarding accidents. While snow skiing and snow boarding are great Michigan winter recreations sports, they are not without a substantial risk of injury. Common causes of ski injuries are dangerous runs, improper maintenance, and skier collisions.
Depending upon the cause of the injury, Michigan ski injury victims can pursue cases for compensation based upon the negligence of another skier, the negligence of the ski resort operator, or negligence with respect to defects in ski equipment. Skiing accidents often result in very serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, knee injuries, and serious bone fractures.
Top Michigan Ski Areas & Mountains
Michigan has forty-nine ski areas, which is the second most in the United States. There are 308 active ski lifts inspected annually for State and National standards, both before and during operation. The most popular snow ski destinations include:
- Boyne Mountain
- Boyne Highlands
- Nubs Nob
- Shanty Creek
- Schuss Mountain
- Crystal Mountain
- Tree Tops Resort
- Black Jack Ski Resort
- Mt. Brighton
- Mt. Holly
- Alpine Valley
- Pine Knob
- and many others including numerous in the Upper Peninsula
Michigan Ski Operator Injury & Accident Laws
Most States, including Michigan, have specific statutes designed to protect ski-area operators. Michigan statute is one of the nation’s oldest. The Michigan Ski Area Safety Act, also known as MCL 408.326 (a),establishes “the duties of ski-area operators” as it relates to ski injuries in Michigan.
A ski-area operator shall do the following, including, but not limited to, equipping snow-grooming vehicles and other authorized vehicles with flashing or rotating yellow lights; mark with a visible sign or warning device the location of any hydrant or similar fixture; mark the top or entrance to each ski run indicating the relative degree of difficulty; mark each ski run, which is closed, with an appropriate symbol indicating that the run, slope or trail is closed; maintain one or more trail boards at prominent locations in each ski area displaying the areas network of ski runs and relative degree of difficulty of each run; place signs on runs open to the public indicating that snow-grooming or snow making operations are being performed on that ski run, which are conspicuous at or near the top of or entrance to the run; post the duties of skiers and passengers prescribed by Michigan Law; and maintain the legibility of all required signs, symbols and posted notices.
Michigan Skier Conduct Injury Laws
MCL 408.341 regulates the “conduct of skier; prohibited acts.”
The statute says that a skier shall conduct himself or herself within the limits of his or her individual ability and may be liable for negligent acts on the ski slopes or chair lifts. The law does recognize that there are inherent risks in snow skiing and snow boarding and therefore an injured skier assumes the risks of injury on the slopes and can only file a lawsuit if another skier acted negligently and caused serious injuries.
In cases involving skier collisions, an injured skier can file a lawsuit against the negligent skier for compensation and a settlement. Typically, the homeowner's insurance company for the negligent skier pays the settlement.
Contact The Top Michigan Ski Accident Injury Lawyers
It is important to contact a Michigan ski injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to investigate your case to determine whether you have a valid claim for your injuries. Our experienced attorneys will perform a thorough investigation and pursue all claims on your behalf. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.
We charge no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement. We all pay all case costs and expenses. If your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We put that in writing for you.