Gainesville ATV Accident Attorneys
Gainesville, like the rest of Florida, is known for having an abundance of outdoor recreational activities. Regardless of whether a person is hunting, camping, fishing, or taking part in another kind of recreational activity, they will often use an all terrain vehicle (ATV) to do it. While ATVs are different from other vehicles, it is important to remember that they are still vehicles and as such, can become involved in a crash that results in serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been hurt, our Gainesville ATV accident attorney can help you claim the damages you deserve.
Our Attorney Knows UTV and ATV Accident are Very Serious
The most common types of ATVs in Gainesville are four-wheelers used for recreational or work purposes. ATVs are fairly large vehicles. They can weigh over 500 pounds, and reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The majority of ATVs are intended for single-rider use only, although some are designed to carry passengers as well as the rider.
UTVs, or utility terrain vehicles, are very similar to ATVs, but they are usually larger. UTVs can typically carry up to four passengers and unlike an ATV, these vehicles have a partial frame that provides some degree of protection for those inside. UTVs often move at a slower pace than ATVs, but some can reach much higher speeds.
UTV and ATV accidents result in very serious injuries that are similar to those sustained during car accidents. Broken bones, back injuries, neck injuries, damage to soft tissues, and internal injuries are all very common after crashes involving these vehicles. ATV accidents are even more likely to result in traumatic head injuries because riders often do not wear helmets, and there is no frame providing protection.
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Our Attorney Will Determine Liability After an ATV Accident
When determining how an accident happened, a Gainesville ATV accident attorney will examine the facts of the case to determine negligence. Negligence is a failure to act in a reasonable manner that keeps other people safe. Negligent parties are responsible for paying damages when they are in an accident. In ATV accident claims, the most common liable parties are as follows:
- ATV operators: ATV operators must ride the vehicle in a safe manner and when they do not, they can be held liable if they cause a crash.
- ATV owners: Owners of ATVs must ensure their vehicle is properly maintained and repaired, and that only experienced drivers of legal age use it.
- ATV manufacturers: Manufacturers are responsible for making sure their products are safe to use. When a defective ATV or ATV part causes an accident, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Call Our Gainesville ATV Accident Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, our Gainesville personal injury attorney at Meldon Law can provide the experienced legal representation you need. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you obtain the fair compensation you deserve.