Denver’s 9 NEWS takes a closer look at collisions on the slopes and what skiers and snowboarders are liable for after a New Jersey woman sues a teenager, his mother and ski coach after a collision in Breckinridge resulted in the death of her husband. The $75,000 civil suit claims the teen was skiing excessively fast and that the death of John Sherwood, 43, was preventable.
HERE IS WHAT IS REQUIRED IN COLORADO AFRTER A COLLISION:
Colorado statues state, when there is a collision, skiers and snowboarders are required to stop, stay at the scene, and give contact information (name, address) to ski patrol or the other party involved in the collision.
Denver based ski attorney Russell Hatten suggests those involved in a collision should keep this list in mind:
- Take pictures of the other skier/snowboarder
- Immediately contact homeowners or renters insurance which should cover liability.
- Contact ski patrol and remember, they’re the only ones investigating your accident. Make sure they know every detail and ask for a report