All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), also known as quads or four wheelers, are popular among both adults and young people and can be used as both leisure vehicles and for moving heavy objects. The downside to these popular vehicles is that they tend to be on the dangerous side.
Even when operated responsibly and properly, ATV accidents can result in serious injuries. In fact, it is estimated that every year 100,000 emergency room visits are the result of an ATV accident. More so, out of all of the accidents, 25% involved children under the age of 16.
ATV accidents typically result in the passenger (or passengers) being thrown from the vehicle. This type of accident can result in such serious injuries as:
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Brain trauma
- Neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
Know Your Legal Rights
ATV accidents can have a physical, emotional and financial toll on both the victim and their loved ones. To help ease these burdens, in some cases Florida law allows a victim to seek compensation for their injuries. However, ATV accident claims tend to be extremely complicated as it is often difficult to decide who is responsible.
For example, if the accident was the result of a poorly maintained ATV, then the owner of the ATV could be held responsible. If the accident was a result of a dangerous or defective trail, then the owner of the trail could be liable for your injuries. If you were hit by a negligent ATV driver, then you may be able to file a claim against the other driver. Or if your accident was caused by a defect in the ATV, then you could potentially file a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
In order to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida ATV accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to review your case, make a determination as to which party (or parties) should be held responsible, and prepare a strategy for proving fault.
Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping Florida ATV accident victims receive justice and fair compensation for their injuries. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your ATV accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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