All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are meant for entertainment purposes, but are unfortunately also the source of many injuries affecting Americans every year. In 2016, there were approximately 101,200 ATV-related injuries that required treatment, of which an estimated 26 percent of them involved children younger than 16, as reported by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
If you or a loved one was injured after being involved in an Washington, D.C. ATV accident due to someone else’s negligence, find out your legal rights by contacting Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. Our firm offers free initial consultations and case evaluations.
The CPSC reports that the following injuries occurred in 2016:
The injuries range in severity. Head and neck injuries can be especially serious when riders choose to not wear helmets and due to the lack of protection that ATVs offer. Rollover wreck commonly cause spinal cord injuries and sometimes even paralysis.
These common factors often result in ATV collisions that cause injuries and in the most serious cases, death:
Depending on the cause of the crash, there are multiple potentially liable parties. If an accident was the result of another negligent rider or a driver of a motor vehicle, the at-fault party’s insurance company would be accountable for payment. When a passenger is injured due to an ATV operator’s negligent actions, then the operator and their insurer may be responsible for any damages.
In a case of a faulty or defective ATV causing injury, the manufacturer and/or seller could be liable under product liability law.
An ATV accident attorney can help you in determining liable parties, while also ensuring you receive the highest quality medical help that your injuries require. They will also advise on the types of damages you are entitled to and the value of your case. In doing so, they will protect you from insurance companies that will attempt to settle your case with a lower offer than you are warranted. Many injury accident lawyers will also cover all upfront costs and only recover legal fees once you receive a settlement.
The law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP has a team of ATV accident attorneys highly qualified to represent you and effectively achieve your legal goals while you recover. Contact our Washington office today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case options.