Recently we wrote a blog post discussing the Ski Safety Act in Colorado, which applies to both skiers and snowboarders. In the article we mentioned that skiers and snowboarders have certain responsibilities under the law while out on the slopes. Unfortunately, not everyone who is skiing or snowboarding follows those duties.
This month, a jury found a man guilty of two misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after crashing with a child on a Breckenridge Ski Area trail. Reckless endangerment is a term defined by Colorado statute, and it is considered a criminal act when someone “recklessly engages” in an act or conduct which produces a “substantial risk” of “serious bodily injury” to another individual.
In this case, the man, while on his snowboard, hit a child who had fallen in an area just under a flat section followed by a sharp drop on the trail. The ski area has a posted warning sign on the trail reading “Caution People Below.”
McDivitt Law Firm encourages all to ski and snowboard safely. As a reminder, before you head out to the mountains, familiarize yourself with the duties and responsibilities associated with the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
Reckless behavior on the slopes should never occur. If you have been involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, and have questions about what to do, please contact us now to see if we can help. McDivitt Law Firm has specialized lawyers with years of experience in these types of cases. Call 877-846-4878 today or click here for a free initial consultation.