A four wheeler accident attorney can help those who have been injured as a result of a four wheeler or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. Four wheelers and ATVs were initially developed for those who needed a vehicle to get in and out of difficult terrain, but have risen in popularity as people have become more interested in using them for recreational purposes. When a product defect or operator error causes injury, injured parties may be eligible to seek compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated four wheeler accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
ATV Accidents: Causes and Injuries
Injuries sustained in a four wheeler accident may range from mild to severe and can include:
- Amputation of hands, arms, feet, and legs
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Facial injury
- Head wound
- Injury to the spinal cord
- Thoracic injuries
It is also important to note that children, inexperienced male drivers, and those who partake in dangerous or irresponsible joyriding are more likely to be injured or killed in a four wheeler accident. Several states require that an operator be at least 16 years of age to drive a four wheeler and undergo safety training to ensure that he or she has the skills, maturity, and physical strength necessary to safely operate the vehicle.
How a Four Wheeler Accident Attorney Can Help
Depending on the individual circumstances of the incident, proving liability in a four wheeler accident may be complicated. For instance, in the case of an injured child, not only can the manufacturer of the ATV be held accountable if it is evident that the company produced a defective product, but the person in charge of supervising the child may be liable as well.
An experienced four wheeler accident attorney can review the events surrounding the incident and can help to determine which party should be held responsible for the resulting injuries. Although no amount of compensation can bring back a loved one or heal a permanent disability, you may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, vehicle repairs, medical bills, lost wages, and/or the loss of future earnings. A wrongful death lawsuit may also provide you with the money necessary to cover burial or funeral expenses or any existing debt left behind by the decedent.
In many four wheeler accident lawsuits, the manufacturer of the ATV is named as the defendant. If there is a defect in the vehicle such as defective brakes, faulty tires, or insufficient balance throughout the frame of the vehicle, the operator may be more likely to sustain injuries or die in a crash.
Injured Parties May be Entitled to Compensation
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Victims of negligence and their families are encouraged to seek the counsel of a four wheeler accident attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.