This is a popular state for all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. The revving engines and off-road mud are often irresistible. We know that you take all the steps necessary to be safe when you go out and ride on an ATV, but there are times when other people’s negligence can end up causing you major harm.
At the SMT Legal, we know how tragic these accidents can be. Our qualified and experienced team wants to do everything we can to ensure you are properly compensated in the aftermath of an ATV incident. This means ensuring all of your expenses are covered. When you need a skilled ATV accident attorney, call us today.
What Can Do Wrong?
We know that there are around 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries across the country each year involving ATV accidents. If you are thinking, “Wow, that is a lot,” then you are right. Unfortunately, this issue does not get nearly enough coverage. Because of that, many people do not take the safety precautions necessary when using these vehicles.
When a person is in an ATV accident, they have little to no protection. Sometimes riders wear helmets, but even then, they are susceptible to the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fracture or dislocated bones
- And more
Care for these injuries usually requires emergency medical procedures as well as some form of rehabilitation, both of which can become very costly without insurance coverage.
ATV Owner Negligence
We find that many of these accidents occur when a person is riding on someone else’s ATV. Sometimes it is personal use ATV and other times it is an ATV owned by a company. If this is the case, that person may be responsible for the accident.
- Was the ATV in good working condition?
- Did the owner warn you of the dangers?
- Were you offered any training on the use of the ATV?
- Was the safety equipment provided and used?
ATV trails are popular and they give people space to truly enjoy the full effects of the vehicle. However, owners and operators of such trails need to ensure they are safe. This includes regular inspection and maintenance of the trails to ensure that any hazards are taken care of before a rider gets hurt.
How You Can Move Forward
All-terrain vehicles are popular with adults and kids, but they need to be operated safely. This means that riders, owners, and trail operators all need to be diligent when it comes to safety measures. If you have been injured in an ATV incident that was caused by another person, the SMT Legal is ready to help. We will investigate your case and work to secure compensation for:
- Your medical bills
- Loss of income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages