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Winter Sports Injury Prevention Tips: Snowmobiling
More than1.5 million snowmobiles in the United States will venture into the back country each winter. The majority of snowmobile accidents involved collisions with fixed or moving objects such as fence posts, barbed wire, trees, cars, and other snowmobiles.
Last year, the National Safety Council recorded about 156 deaths associated with snowmobiles. Fatalities have resulted from riding on thin ice, freezing when stranded after a breakdown and decapitation by running through a barbed wire fence.
Contributing factors in accidents examined included excessive speed, product failure due to design or deterioration, darkness, bad weather, and the fearless nature of some drivers.
Injuries associated with snowmobiles are relatively severe and drivers make up the majority of those injured.
Snowmobiling Safety Tips
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