All-terrain vehicles such as three-wheelers and four-wheelers, otherwise known as ATVs or quads, are popular for both recreation and work. These types of vehicles can be userful tools on ranches and farms, and can provide hours of fun for people who like to ride on off-road tracks. As with all vehicles, an ATV can be a great option for many different applications, but they can be extremely dangerous, as well. This is especially true when it comes to accidents at high speeds, especially a driver is not wearing protecting equipment like a helmet, chest protector, neck brace, and other gear meant to protect riders on ATVs and motorcycles.
There are many different ways that people can be hurt in ATV accidents, and depending on the many different factors present that make each accident unique, they may or may not be able to seek compensation from someone else due to their negligence or recklessness.
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Trying to navigate the complicated legal waters of a personal injury claim, no matter what the cause, can be overwhelming for someone who is not familiar with these processes – even more so when they are attempting to recover from the injuries caused by the accident in question. In fact, stress is routinely shown to have an adverse effect on recovery from physical injuries, so by hiring an attorney to help you with your claim, you may be improving your health outcomes at the same time.
Contact our firm as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation regarding your situation. The discomfort of not knowing your legal options can be extremely difficult, especially in the early days or weeks following an accident as your medical bills mount, you keep missing days at work, and you find it difficult to think about how you will be able to move forward from this accident. We are here to help.
Filing an Injury Claim After an ATV Accident
In order to have the right to seek compensation from another party following an ATV accident, the first step is to prove that someone else was negligence, reckless, or otherwise responsible for the accident. There are a number of situations where an ATV accident can be caused by someone else, such as getting into a collision with an intoxicated or speeding driver, experiencing a mechanical failure due to the faulty work of a mechanic, a defect that the manufacturer is responsible for, or being the passenger on an ATV during an accident, to name a few.
We will first need to look at the specifics of your accident in order to determine whether or not you are actually able to file a personal injury claim against someone else, or with their insurance company. However, determining and proving fault is only the first step of a long and complicated process before getting the money that you truly deserve for a personal injury.
Seeking Compensation After an ATV Accident
Once we are able to establish fault and liability for your ATV accident, the next step will be to seek compensation, either directly from them, or more commonly from their insurance company. Filing a claim with an insurance comapny can seem like a fairly painless and straightforward process, but beware that insurance companies focus almost exclusively on settling claims for far less than what the victim is entitled to in order to protect their own financial interests.
When you are working with a personal injury attorney, your lawyer will spend time gathering all relevant information to build a comprehensive set of damages that you are entitled to compensation for.
Economic damages are the basis of a personal injury claim, and seek compensation for impacts from the accident that have measurable and calculable dollar values associated with them. Among these damages are obvious things like your medical bills and all costs pertaining to treatment, care, and recovery, as well as all impacts on your earnings related to the accident such as missed days at work, decreased earning ability, and possible long-term disability damages if you are unable to recover and earn at your previous capacity. There are many other economic damages that your attorney will be able to identify as well, and will be certain that you are negotiating for a settlement that addresses ALL of your losses.
Non-economic damages are more complicated than economic damages, simply due to the fact that they seek compensation for impacts that do not have measurable dollar values. These types of damages include compensation for the pain and suffering that you experienced with your injuries, and a range of other emotional, physiological, and psychological impacts that you are absolutely entitled to compensation for. As you can imagine, your attorney will need to take specific measures to reach a fair dollar value for these damages, and the insurance company is likely to push back more aggressively on these damages since they are so difficult to quantify.