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Re: Lawsuits and Stupidity

Jim Slaga always was a dick head

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Please read the following. It is exactly why the clubs snowmobile insurance will go sky high this year. Who really was at fault here? The person riding the sled to fast to stop for a snow bank or the guy who was following to closely and ran him over? Every time you get on a snowmobile, you know the risks of getting hurt. So why the lawsuit when it was the rider who truly screwed up?

Couple sues Turin, lodge over snowmobile accident

By Steve Virtder

TImes Staff Writer -

"LOWVILLE - The town, of Turin and Timberview Lodge Inc. are facing a lawsuit in state Supreme Court here based on a February snowmobile accident. According to papers filed Friday in the Lewis County clerk''s office by Syracuse attorney Lee Alcott, Rome residents James F. and Vicky L. Slaga are suing the two defendants for negligence that allegedly caused a serious snowmobile accident in which Mr. Slaga was involved Feb. 13 on Tabolt Road in the town of Turin.

Mr. Slaga, 45, was thrown off his snowmobile when it hit a snowbank in the road. Another snowmobiler, Jerome E. Alexander, 38, Floyd, also was ejected when he hit the bank, and his snowmobile hit Mr. Slaga, causing multiple injuries.

Mr. Slaga was taken to Lewis County General Hospital, where he was treated for a severe cut on the buttocks, broken ribs and a broken collarbone. According to the suit, he needed a second operation later because of injuries suffered in the accident.

The lawsuit states that a town of Turin snowplow operator created the approximately lO-foot-high snowbank in the road adding that the bank wasn''t easily visible to snowmobilers because it was on the down slope of the road. Timberview was cited because it "undertook maintenance and grooming" of that particular snow~ mobile trail" although the correct

name of the snowmobile club there is Club Timberview Inc.

The suit says Timberview was negligent because it didn''t monitor the town''s plowing activity, didn''t coordinate its grooming efforts with the plowing schedule and "didn''t seek to prevent" the town from depositing snow on the road.

Mr. Slaga is seeking a monetary settlement "to be determined" from the town and $5 million from Timberview. Mrs. Slaga is also seeking an amount to be determined from the town and $500,000 from Timberview for a "lack of consortium" with her husband.