Thursday, February 6, 2014

PennDOT Snowmobile Tips and Facts

Are you a snowmobile user in Pennsylvania?  PennDOT has addressed the high number of growing snowmobile enthusiasts by adding some very important safety information to their website, which can be found here.

Some of the most important tips and facts from the website our law firm noted from the website were the following:

  • All snowmobile users should take a safety course before they begin riding.
  • Clear snow debris off your snowmobile tail lights often so the lights can be seen.
  • Always ride at a safe speed, and only on designated areas.

There are also important tips and regulations aimed specifically at Pennsylvania’s youth, such as:

  • All children aged 10 -15 must take a mandatory, state-approved snowmobile training course if they wish to use their snowmobile off of their family’s property.
  • No person under the age of 10 years old is allowed to operate a snowmobile on public land.

It is also important to note that, according to the PennDOT website, “If you are involved in an accident that results in the injury or death of any person, or property damages to the estimated amount of $100 or more, you must report the matter in writing within seven days to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, PO Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105. It is a violation of the Snowmobile/ATV Law not to report an accident.”.

Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles, are also a significant cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.  Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his Blair county area practice, please visit his website at or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

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