Each year about 40 people die in the United States while skiing or snowboarding. Traumatic brain injury was the leading cause and collision was the leading external injury mechanism of fatal injuries associated with downhill skiing among child skiers. This underscores the importance of brain injury prevention strategies, including the use of ski helmets and prevention of collisions on ski slopes. In some states, if a fatal collision is caused by a reckless skier, the at-fault party may be criminally charged with manslaughter.
Ski resort negligence can often result in wrongful death claims. Catastrophic lift failures have caused death to passengers, and each year a few skiers or snowboarders are killed by snow equipment operated on the slopes. Snow cats, groomers and snow mobiles operated by resort employees have been involved in fatal collisions with skiers.
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