According to the National Ski Areas Association, around 40 people die every year from ski and snowboard-related accidents. Rates of serious injury are much higher, with nearly seven of every 1,000 visitors sustaining an injury.
While COVID has had a drastic impact on crowds on the slopes, in years prior, Colorado ski resorts hosted 50+ million visitors each ski season. While a ratio of 7:1,000 may seem minor, with the number of visitors to resorts, this translates to daily accidents.
According to studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health, snowboarders are twice as likely to sustain injuries in an accident as skiers. However, males and children experience injury at a much higher rate than women, and children are at an even higher risk for serious and debilitating snowboard injuries.
Most Common Snowboard Injuries
The most common snowboard injuries are head and neck injuries. In fact, snowboarders have a 50% higher chance than skiers of sustaining one of these injuries when involved in an accident. However, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more likely in skiing accidents than those involving snowboarders at 60% to 21%, respectively. Nonetheless, snowboarders are more likely to die from TBI complications, with studies finding anywhere from 42.5% – 88% of all fatal snowboarding accidents to involve brain injury.
In nearly all of those cases, the victim was not wearing a helmet.
TBI and Snowboarding
Rates of head injuries are significantly reduced in people wearing helmets. Studies have found anywhere from a 15% to a 29% decrease in instances of head and neck injury when a helmet is worn by accident victims. Speed, impact, snowboarder experience, and other factors play a role a well, but consensus, over and over, is that helmets help prevent injury.
Injured snowboarders may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, personal pain and suffering, and more. The best way to find out what you may be entitled to is through a free consultation with one of the experienced snowboard accident lawyers at Leventhal Sar Law.
Please call us at 720-667-3030 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in Cherry Creek, we serve Metro Denver and all surrounding Front Range and I-70 corridor communities.