In late February of 2021, Carime J. Barresi of the Bronx, New York, visited Lake George's southern basin with a group of friends.
Around 4PM on the day of the incident, Barresi was driving a snowmobile near the area of Hall's Marina. He reportedly struck a boat dock on the frozen lake; this threw him off the snowmobile, through the ice and into the water under the ice shelf.
The Warren County Sheriff’s officers responded to the scene and, upon arrival, they found only the victim's helmet floating in the water. A dive crew of water rescuers eventually retrieved Mr. Barresi's body from a part of the lake believed to be 10 to 15 feet in depth. Before he was rescued, the victim was believed to have been underwater for a total of 30 minutes.
Initially, the Bronx man was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment and his condition was unknown. However, the victim was later pronounced dead, with his death noted as being caused by severe internal injuries.
An investigation by the Sheriff's office is still ongoing.
There are many reasons why snowmobile accidents take place. Some of the most common causes include driving at high speed, riding at night or in low visibility conditions, intoxication, extreme weather conditions, distracted riding and more.
Furthermore, it is not just the driver of the snowmobile who is at risk of injury or death, seeing as how passengers and bystanders may also place themselves at risk inadvertently.
Whether it be the driver themselves, a bystander, or a passenger, individuals who are injured in snowmobile accidents can consider filing a legal claim. Such accident lawsuits are filed against a person or business entity who is believed to have acted negligently and effectively taken part in the accident. For instance, a snowmobile rental company may be held liable if they permit a clearly inexperienced rider from driving a snowmobile through treacherous territory.
Yet, even when it appears absolutely clear that one person or business is responsible for the accident and subsequent injuries (or death) this does not mean that it is guaranteed to result in compensation for plaintiffs. It takes an experienced snowmobile accident attorney to build a strong case that achieves the maximum compensation for victims and their loved ones.
There are concrete numbers that may be factored into a financial award such as medical expenses and funeral or burial costs. However, it is much different to argue in court with regards to the financial cost of physical pain and emotional suffering.
If you or a loved one were recently injured or killed in a snowmobile accident, you deserve to have an experienced legal team by your side. Surviving family members of persons who perish in snowmobile accidents also have the right to seek compensation for the damages they've experienced and on behalf of the deceased family member. Contact the dedicated snowmobile injury lawyers at Justice Guardians today for a free consultation on your case.
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