Looks like trouble is brewing over slopeside accidents. The Associated Press recently reported that a 60-year-old man is sueing an 8-year-old and his father over a collision that left the older skier with a shoulder injury.
David Pfahler of Allentown, Pa., filed a claim in federal court in Denver, saying that Scott Swimm, then 7, was skiing recklessly when they collided. Pfahler is seeking $75,000 for physical therapy, vacation time, nursing and medical expenses.
Swimm’s father, Robb, says he saw the crash and that his son was skiing slowly and in control. “It wasn’t a violent collision or anything; Scott just kind of tapped his ski boots,” he said.
“Who in the world sues a child?” Scott’s mother asked. She said her son weighs only 48 pounds and couldn’t have been going faster than 10 miles per hour.
Pfahler’s attorney refused to comment on specifics according to the Associated Press, but wanted to go back to work at Reader’s Digest.
Which brings us to the question, fellow skiers. What do you think about this case?
You’re not going to believe this. But the Swiss are running radar traps on their ski slopes! What’s next flashing blue lights and sirens?
This week, Swiss ski patrols began treating skiers and snowboarders like cars on the autobahn. The patrol is using handheld radars to check speeds.
Skiers can’t go faster than 19 miles per hour. Don’t know what happens if you’re really cooking in a ski school zone!
I guess the Swiss think the slopes are getting a little too dangerous. Don’t know about you but I have no idea how fast I can ski.
What do you think? Ready for some high speed pursuits?