An ATV Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
All-terrain vehicles are a popular form of recreation in many areas of the United States, but accidents can happen easily. ATV operators often speed or attempt dangerous stunts while driving, putting passengers, occupants of other ATVs, and bystanders in danger. ATV crashes can cause serious injuries, property damage, and emotional trauma.
The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have been representing ATV accident victims for three decades, and we are ready to help you too. We are committed to helping you receive maximum compensation for your damages.
If you or a family member need an experienced, caring attorney for your ATV accident claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We are here to:
- Provide you with a free case review
- Help you understand the claims process
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
- Fight for maximum compensation for your damages
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- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
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ATV Accident Statistics
United States ATV accident statistics
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 700 people are killed in all-terrain vehicle accidents annually
- Most ATV occupants killed in accidents are 15-24 years old
- According to the NHTSA, in approximately 39% of fatal ATV accidents, the driver of the ATV had a BAC of over 0.08
- More than 100,000 ATV injuries are treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. each year
- Around 85% of ATV fatalities nationwide are males
- Texas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania have seen the highest number of ATV fatalities in recent years
Common causes of ATV accidents
- Impaired driving: ATV accidents are far more likely to happen when the operator is under the influence
- Riding on pavement: ATVs and UTVs (such as side-by-sides) are designed for off-road use. They don’t typically perform as well on pavement
- Reckless riding: Speeding, turning too sharply, or other dangerous stunts can lead to rollovers or loss of control of the vehicle
- Children riding without supervision: Inexperienced ATV riders are 13 times more likely to crash in their first month of riding than other operators
- Riding with too many passengers: Off-road vehicles should only carry the number of passengers they are built for. Riding with extra people on board increases the risk of a crash
Common ATV accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident, ATV injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common injuries from ATV crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and bruising
What to Do After an ATV Accident
Check for injuries and call 911
Immediately after your accident, assess your own injuries and those of other victims. Four-wheeler crashes can easily cause serious injuries, so it’s important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
If anyone has injuries more serious than minor scratches or bruises, get medical care by calling 911. Some injuries, such as concussions, may be hidden, so it is a good idea to have a medical professional examine you at the scene, even if you do not believe you are seriously injured.
This will also give you an opportunity to file a police report. In many cases, your insurance company will require a police report before you can file a claim.
When speaking with the police, do not speculate on who or what caused the accidents. Simply give the facts surrounding the crash– an investigation may be done later that will determine the cause.
Document the scene
Take pictures of your injuries, the ATV(s) and any other motor vehicles involved, and the accident scene as a whole. These can later be used as evidence for your injury claim.
It is also a good idea to document your account of the accident in writing as soon as you can afterward, while the memory is still fresh.
As you recover from your injuries, keep track of any treatment you receive, your healing progress, and how the injuries impact your life (pain, inability to work, etc).
Get contact information of everyone involved
If there are witnesses to your accident, get their contact information. Witness accounts can help provide a more accurate picture of what happened.
If another ATV or vehicle was involved, obtain the following information from the driver:
- Phone number
- Insurance information
- License plate number
Notify your own insurance company
If you have ATV insurance, notify your provider that you were in an accident. They will likely require documentation from the accident, such as the police report number, date and location of the accident, and contact information of other involved parties.
If another party was at fault for your accident, it is a good idea to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. They will be able to guide you through the claims process and provide legal advice.
Don’t admit fault or talk about the accident
Apologizing for the accident, admitting fault, or talking about your accident can all damage your claim.
If you apologize to another person involved in the accident, you may be found at fault and lose your right to a claim.
Likewise, you should only talk about your accident with your attorney and law enforcement officers. Insurance adjusters may seem friendly, but will try to use your own words about the accident against you.
Avoid posting about your accident on social media– in fact, it’s a good idea to avoid social media altogether until your case is settled. Insurance companies may use what you post to diminish the severity of your injuries or otherwise damage your case.
When Should I Hire an ATV Accident Attorney?
For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. Depending on your state, the statute of limitations is likely anywhere between 1-6 years.
However, you should file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up.
If you have been injured in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person or the ATV manufacturer, you need an experienced attorney on your side. When dealing with severe injuries, property damage, and medical bills, the last thing you want to do is navigate the claims process.
The Advocates personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims reclaim the damages they suffered, and we are ready to help you too. We will be there to help you build your case, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and answer any questions you may have.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve peace of mind. You deserve an Advocate.
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