Re: Avalanche survivor may be chargedJan 6th, 2008
Trespassing in a nuclear facility and trespassing on barren property full of snow are quite different. One is a weapon of mass destruction.
The other is snow.
The latter has the significance of jaywalking on a busy street. There are laws against jaywalking, and those laws are there for similar reasons to the mountain event. If two people cross a highway and one is hit by a car and killed is the other criminally responsible for his death?
From a moral standpoint, I have a question:
Why is it (for those who think this way) you cannot place responsibility for the death on the fellow who died?
I see 2 stupid young men, who were in an avalanche. The only real difference between them is one lived and one died. Why is it automatically the survivors fault, and not the dead?
Brushing aside legal matters, what is the moral justification of it? How can two people in identical acts have opposite levels of responsibility. The living is responsible for the death of his friend, the dead is not responsible for attempted murder on the survivor?
I just cannot see the problem with blaming the dead (and from a personal moral standpoint, the mature adult compared to a young kid) for the accident rather than the living.
I just cannot see the problem with blaming the dead
Whistler took steps to prevent an avalanche...
This means that not all potential areas can be blasted
If Whistler warned about the danger or he knew it was out of bounds then he alone is responsible for taking the plunge and putting himself at risk
The "Just us" system can not collect any money from the dead guy, and unfortunetely the justice system is all about commerce and making money. They don't give a rats *** about making laws to protect people, they make them to collect money from people.
I still say that Whister resort is responsible......that area should have been made safe to 'all' skiers by means of avalanche control. It's their job to do so. That fact that the area runs out to an open, and accessible area below now leaves the responsibility to Whistler.
Sooner or later that area would have come down with or with out anyones help. That's how snow works, once enough snow builds up on top of an unstable snow pack it will come down. It's called gravity.
What is to say that a helecopter didn't fly over and set it off, are you going to charge the pilot for something that was the resorts responsibility to control.
Ok so what about Whistler being held responsible. Nobody agrees with me on that?