As part of a special study, 116 snowmobile accidents were investigated in detail by the New York State Police during the winter season 1969-70. The following are several findings based upon data collected from this detailed investigation: (1) The accident type "collision with a moving vehicle" generally represented the greatest risk of injury to snowmobile operators regardless of experience; (2) Snowmobile jumping can directly result in injury to snowmobile occupants; (3) Accidents involving higher horsepower snowmobiles generally resulted in more severe injury to the occupants; (4) A 29% reduction in the probability of sustaining head injury was observed for those wearing a helmet; and (5) There is an indication that snowmobile lighting may be deficient. Based upon available information the following are recommended: (1) Research should be conducted to determine if snowmobile lighting is deficient and, if so, to establish standards compatible with normal operating demands; (2) Requirements and standards should be established for protective helmets; (3) Any public information activity should include information concerning the hazards of crossing public highways and fundamentals of vehicle safety maintenance; and (4) Snowmobiles should be equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent the throttle from sticking in an open position.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Governor Nelson A Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY  United States  12228
  • Authors:
    • Negri, D B
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00452408
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1970-2, HS-039 277
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM