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Snowmobile Accident

Helena, MT: (Jan-31-08) Brian Musselman, a Hall of Fame snowmobiler and executive in the family owned snow machine manufacturing business, brought a lawsuit against the US Forest Service and Jamie Leinberger of Frankenlust Township, a snowmobiler, after an accident in 1996 left him with severe brain injuries. The lawsuit claimed that Musselman was enjoying the trails at West Yellowstone with friends, when Leinberger struck Musselman, then 35, leaving him seriously injured. Sources stated that that 16 days before Musselman was injured, two snowmobiles and a snow grooming machine crashed at the same location. Molloy determined the Forest Service failed to fix dangerous conditions along the groomed trail or to warn snowmobilers of the hazard.

As part of a settlement reached, a federal appeals court panel upheld a lower court's decision ordering the US Forest Service and a snowmobiler to pay Musselman nearly $10.2 million. The US Forest Service will pay 40% of the award while Jamie Leinberger was assigned 50% of the liability. [BAY CITY TIMES: SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT]

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Published on Feb-3-08


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