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All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be a fun and leisurely escape for many who ride them. However, an ATV-related accident can cause traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, severe fractures and broken bones, lacerations, and even fatalities.
The ATV continues to rise in popularity among Americans for both work and play. However, as useful and fun as this vehicle can be, serious injury and death have been the unfortunate results for victims of ATV accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding an ATV, you may be entitled to compensation from a Houston ATV accident lawyer.
The ATV continues to rise in popularity among Americans for both work and play. However, as useful and fun as this vehicle can be, serious injury and death have been the unfortunate results for victims of ATV accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding an ATV, you may be entitled to compensation with help from a car accident attorney.
An unfortunate reality is that the awareness of the dangers of ATV riding is often not enough. Safety recalls due to faulty suspension systems, brakes, throttles, and several other components have caused riders to lose control and crash and resulted in vehicle fires.
Although ATV manufacturers have a duty to provide warnings to consumers about the inherent dangers of these vehicles, many fail to do so. This provides the opportunity for accident victims and their families to sue and receive compensation in court with an ATV accident lawyer in Houston.
The ATV is a useful yet fast and heavy vehicle that prompted a safety warning by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2006.1 It included the fact that an adult ATV can weigh up to 800 pounds and travel at speeds of 60 miles per hour.
The warning included a statement that ATV use in the U.S. had increased drastically, in the past decade, and an estimated 136,000 people had been treated in hospital emergency rooms in just 2004 alone.
Various sources estimate that ATV accidents injure around 135,000 people and cause over 700 deaths yearly. Tragically, an estimated one-third of deaths occur to riders 16 years of age and under. A large number of these accidents are preventable when proper safety advice is understood and applied.
A pleasurable ride should never turn into a tragedy. If a loved one or you were injured—or worse—in an ATV accident, the experienced Houston ATV accident attorneys at our law firm will aggressively defend your rights to get you the highest possible compensation.
ATV safety while riding begins with learning that, although it may be a fun vehicle to drive, it is not a toy.
Children operating an ATV should only do so after having received specialized training on a vehicle appropriate for them. The ATV Safety Institute offers safety courses that combine e-source and hands-on learning components.
Any helmet worn for the purpose of riding an ATV should be both Snell-approved and have DOT certification. While the latter is mandatory for manufacturers, Snell certification is voluntary. However, it is considered to be the superior certification for helmets due to its rigorous standards of testing, which are renewed every 5 years.
The owner’s manual should be read carefully before operating an ATV, and these vehicles should only carry a single rider. As well, an ATV should never be operating on a paved road, highway, or street.
Damages will depend on the circumstances that directly contributed to your accident. Some may be able to recover medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering while others may only receive medical bills.
Medical expenses cover all the costs associated with the treatment you received as a result of your accident. If you have been hospitalized, lost wages from missing work may be reimbursed. Recovering lost wages can help you as you attempt to get back on your feet following an ATV accident.
Punitive damages can be awarded as well for those that were grossly negligent or showed reckless disregard for the safety of others. If found guilty, punitive damages will go towards benefiting society and serve as a punishment against wrongdoers.
Pain and suffering are often the most significant recoverable damages that contribute to both short-term and long-term suffering which may include physical pain, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, shock/emotional disturbance, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, and more.
However, this type of damage is difficult to prove because of its subjective nature. In cases where a loved one has died as a result of an ATV accident, your damages can include funeral costs and loss of care or companionship. In this case, you should contact our law offices for more information about what types of claims may be available to you so we can assist in evaluating your potential claim based on the details surrounding your case.
Consequently, it is best to consult a Houston attorney about your legal and factual situation after an ATV crash. We will help determine the types of damages you may be able to recover.
In order to fight back against negligent ATV riders, you need a Houston ATV accident lawyer on your side. The lawyers with our firm have the knowledge, experience, and resources to take on large companies or negligent individuals in court so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
Every case is different and every client has a unique story that requires a tailored approach to best represent them. Our team is here to provide you with all the necessary guidance throughout your case so that you can focus on recovering from your ATV accident.
It’s important to remember that victims are limited in how much time they have to file a lawsuit, which is why it’s critical to take immediate action after suffering an injury. Call us today for a free consultation. We will listen carefully and answer any questions you may have about your injuries or your legal options moving forward.