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Pedestrian struck and injured by snowmobiler in Iowa

Whether it is skiing, ice-skating, ice fishing, sledding or snowmobiling, various types of winter activities take place all over Iowa during January. Although most of these activities can be done with little or no risks, some do have potential dangers. For example, snowmobilers often travel near busy roads, and trails will often cross roads. This means they risk encountering other vehicles and even pedestrians. If a snowmobiler is not paying adequate attention, they could be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident.

Authorities in Mingo recently arrested a man following a hit-and-run collision involving his snowmobile and a pedestrian. According to preliminary reports, the 36-year-old man struck the pedestrian at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street at around 10:39 p.m.

According to authorities, the snowmobiler struck the man and then left the scene. Residents in the area located the man after his calls for help. He was severely injured and was transported to the hospital for medical care.

The man operating the snowmobile was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, causing serious bodily injury and reckless driving. In addition to criminal penalties, the man could also face civil liability. The injured pedestrian could file a personal injury suit. This could provide him with compensation that could be used to cover the costs associated with the accident.

No matter what type of accident a person is involved in, if an individual is injured due to the negligence of another, they might have a cause of action. It is important to understand what options are available to those affected in the accident so they can tae appropriate action and protect their rights.

Source: KCCI, "Man charged in snowmobile vs. pedestrian crash," Jan. 6, 2014

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