If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation to cover missed time from work, lost earning power and wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, such as quads and three-wheelers, ease the difficulty of hauling heavy loads on large stretches of land or farms, offer easy transportation to rural and off-road locations, and provide family entertainment in the great outdoors. They’ve become immensely popular over the last few decades, but under certain circumstances, ATVs can prove to be incredibly dangerous and cause catastrophic injuries and death.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents and Who Is Liable
There are many reasons why a Pennsylvania rider might be involved in an accident. For example, a rider who drives recklessly and unintentionally crashes into another rider can cause serious injuries. In this case, the reckless ATV rider may be found liable for any damages sustained by the injured rider as a result of the incident.
Other times, an ATV accident may be caused by a defective vehicle, leading to a product liability claim against the manufacturer. It should be noted, however, that the simple presence of a defect does not mean a rider can automatically file a claim. The defect has to have contributed to or caused the accident.
Most ATVs are not ridden on public roads, but riders may operate on designated roads or have to cross public roads during a ride. If the driver of a passenger vehicle is distracted or otherwise negligent and strikes the ATV, then that driver could be held responsible for any injuries or damages sustained by the rider.
If you’ve been involved in an ATV accident and aren’t sure who the liable party is, the SMA Law Group can help. Contact us for a free case evaluation to help you determine liability as well as other important factors in your case. Call us today at 412-765-3345 or contact us online.
Catastrophic Injuries Caused by ATV Accidents
Little physical protection is available during an accident to people who ride ATVs and other recreational vehicles. A bad crash can throw a victim into a tree, crush them beneath the vehicle as it rolls, and cause many more life-threatening injuries. The SMA Law Group offers knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced legal representation for ATV accident claims involving:
- Farm machinery
- Golf carts
How Our Legal Team Can Help
The legal team at the SMA Law Group understands how a single accident can change the lives of a victim and their family. What starts out as a joyride can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Our team methodically investigates your accident, working with professionals and experts who examine your vehicle for manufacturing defects. With this information, we can help you identify liable parties and answer any questions you may have. If your accident was contributed to or caused by manufacturing design defects or negligence, we’ll help you pursue the monetary award you are owed.