Lake City ATV Accident Attorneys
Like throughout the rest of the state, Lake City has a number of little getaways and hideaways that are perfect when accessed by an all terrain vehicle (ATV). These vehicles are great for fishermen, campers, hunters, and those that just want a thrilling ride. Unfortunately, ATVs are still vehicles and when they are involved in a crash, serious injuries result. Just like when you are hurt in a crash in another type of vehicle, you may still be able to claim damages. A Lake City ATV accident attorney can help you recover the fair settlement you are entitled to.
Common Injuries After an ATV Accident
The term “ATV” typically refers to vehicles that have four wheels and are considered “open air,” meaning they do not have a frame on top or around the rider and passenger. ATVs can be used for either work or recreational purposes, and they are usually intended to only carry a single person. Some models are equipped with passenger seats so more than one person can ride.
Regardless of the type of ATV, these vehicles can weigh more than 500 pounds, and can travel up to 60 miles per hour. This weight, in addition to the fact that ATV operators and passengers do not have much protection, works against accident victims in an accident. Neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and damage to soft tissues are just some of the most common injuries seen after an ATV accident. Many ATV riders also do not wear helmets, which can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during a crash.
PIP Does Not Usually Cover ATV Accidents
When two vehicles designed to travel on roadways and highways in Lake City are in a crash, each driver can typically first claim compensation through their own personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. Unfortunately, this coverage is not usually available after an ATV accident.
Instead, accident victims usually have to hold the negligent, or careless, party for paying damages after a crash. There are a number of potentially liable parties after an ATV accident. If the operator of an ATV did not drive the vehicle in a safe manner, they can be held liable for any injuries that result from an accident. ATV owners must also ensure the vehicle is maintained properly, repaired when necessary, and only allow drivers of a legal age to operate it.
ATV manufacturers are also responsible for ensuring their vehicles, and all parts of those vehicles, are not defective but are in good working condition. If they do not and a faulty party causes a crash, the manufacturer can be held liable. Lastly, when a land owner has not corrected certain dangerous conditions, or has not warned ATV users of those hazards, they too, can be held liable.
Our Lake City ATV Accident Attorneys Can Assist with Your Case
ATV accidents cause serious injuries, and the aftermath of them is often more complex than it is with other vehicles. At Meldon Law, our Lake City ATV accident attorney can determine who is liable for your injuries, and hold them accountable for paying the maximum damages you deserve. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case review.