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Liability in the event of a skiing accident - What should I bear in mind?

The ski season is in full swing, and with the semester break approaching, many people are drawn to the slopes. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for collisions to occur, which can cause serious injuries.

There are two basic types of compensation in tort law: contractual and tortious compensation. In the case of skiing accidents between skiers, tortious compensation is usually applied. In particular, the question arises as to who is responsible for the accident and the resulting injuries or damage. In other words, who is at fault .

Fault results from violations of the piste rules (FIS rules), technical errors, alcoholization or uncontrolled skiing behavior. Contributory negligence, i.e. the fault of both skiers, can also arise.

You should already be prepared for a possible legal dispute on the slopes and observe the following tips:

  • Make a note of the details of the person responsible for the accident.
  • Take photos of the accident situation and circumstances.
  • If necessary, take data from eyewitnesses.
  • Document your injuries precisely.
  • Also visit a doctor or hospital and get a diagnosis.

If you are injured due to poor slope conditions or when using the lift facilities, you may also have a contractual claim for damages against the operating company. In this case, it is necessary to check whether the company has breached operating regulations or neglected its duty to ensure safety. Here too, it is important to document the accident and keep the lift ticket or invoice.

It is also advisable to find out about the liability regulations and the applicable safety regulations before the ski season. Always follow the rules of the slopes and ski responsibly to avoid accidents. Good equipment and regular slope checks can also help to minimize the risk of injury.

However, if you are involved in a skiing accident, it is important to remain calm and follow the above steps to preserve evidence. Early legal advice can help you to assert your claims and receive appropriate compensation.