Just read in this mornings paper that the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a skier whose leg was broken in a collision with a teen snowboarder can not sue the teens family for damages. The incident happened at Boston Mills Ski Area in the Cleveland area.
Read the whole story here: http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/couple-can-t-sue-teen-over-ski-crash-at-boston-mills-1.351804
I am not sure what to think about this. It is always the uphill skiers responsibility to ski in control so as to not be a danger to skiers / boarders below. If there was a collision, he wasn't riding in control and in violation of the skier's code. The decision stated that he wasn't being reckless. But isn't not being able to avoid a skier below considered being reckless?
I am not a fan of frivolous lawsuits but I am not sure if this was frivolous or not. I have hit or been hit by other skiers / riders in the past but always brushed my self off and either apologized or had some choice words depending on situation and fault. But I never thought of suing, of course I never got a broken leg out of it, nor have I ever caused serious injury to someone else.
So what do you think? Is this decision good or bad for our sport?