ATV Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Both children and adults enjoy riding All-Terrain Vehicles, commonly known as ATV's, quad bikes, dirt bikes, three-wheelers and four-wheelers. Riding an ATV can be a very enjoyable activity. However, it is also very dangerous. ATV accidents happen with an alarming frequency and cause serious injuries to their riders and pedestrians, especially children. According to the group Concerned Families for ATV Safety, each year, 40,000 children across the country are injured in ATV crashes. 2,775 children died nationwide in ATV crashes between 1982 and 2010. An ATV can reach high speeds and allows great maneuverability which may cause ATVs to shift and bounce around resulting in crashes. Many ATV crashes result from small children riding big, adult-sized ATVs and when ATV riders fail to follow proper riding rules. ATV riders are almost never stopped for speeding or running a red light because the police have a no-pursuit policy when it comes to quads and four-wheelers, meaning their only official option to punish them for reckless riding is to catch them idle, e.g. when they fuel up at gas stations.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an ATV accident and it was somebody else's fault (reckless driving), you may be able to receive valuable compensation for your loss. No compensation can replace health and well being, but through the legal process you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, loss of earning, and future loss of earnings. In the extremely unfortunate event that a death has occurred as a result of the accident, the family of the ATV crash victim can file a wrongful death suit.
The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, has experience in helping ATV crash victims recover the optimum compensation for their injuries. If you have questions about an ATV accident or need to know about your rights to financial recovery, please call the Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania ATV crash lawyers, for more information.
ATV Crash Causes
ATV crashes happen for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are:
Defective ATVs: Many ATV accidents are caused by manufacturing and design defects of the ATV itself. A manufacturing defect is a flaw in the manufacturing process of the product, which causes injuries if used. A design defect is an error in the product design that makes the vehicle dangerous to use. When a manufacturer knows of a hazard regarding the product and does not warn consumers about it, the manufacturer is additionally liable for failure to warn. As a result of manufacturing defects found in ATVs, many of them have been recalled in recent years. Thus, several models of Arctic Cat were recalled due to crash hazards from 2001 to 2011. Baja youth ATV was recalled for repair due to lack of equipment that posed a high risk of injury to riders. Bombardier ATV was recalled due to loss of steering control. Many other models, including Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha, were recalled due to loss of control or other manufacturing and design defects.
ATV Rollover: Many ATV riders are not properly trained in safe riding skills which results in accidents and injuries. In addition, riders can engage in careless and reckless driving failing to follow road rules.
Children riding adult ATVs: When children ride large ATVs not designed for their size, children may be propelled out of the seat at a sharp turn. Such accidents result in serious head injuries, traumas, spine injuries and fractures.
Pedestrians get run over by ATVs. If ATV riders do not follow road rules and drive at high speeds, running trough red lights and coming too close to pedestrians, the consequences may be deadly.
At the Lassen Law Firm, we have helped thousands of people in serious personal injury cases, including ATV accidents. We have the strength, experience and resources to make sure the job is done right. Let the Lassen Law Firm protect your rights.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
Get medical treatment immediately: Even minor injuries can turn into serious problems, especially if a person sustained a head injury. The medical record may be necessary to prove your injury, so it is important to save all medical documents and bills.
Gather information of the accident: The most important items include the names, and contact information of all the people involved, including witnesses; the location of the ATV crash; the make and model number of the ATV.
Report the accident to police. It is vital that you report the ATV crash to the police. The police report usually describes the location and the manner in which the crash occurred. It may be very useful in proving liability in a personal injury lawsuit filed against the negligent party.
Discuss the accident with an attorney: An experienced Pennsylvania ATV accident lawyer will explain your rights to you. Most personal injury cases are subject to the statute of limitations, a legal deadline for filing a lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. If your claim is brought outside that time frame, it may be barred regardless of its merits.
At the Lassen Law Firm, we understand that you probably have a lot deal with after an accident. Our personal injury lawyers can make sure everything gets done right. We can also make things a lot easier for you by negotiating with insurance companies and guiding you through the legal process. Call the Lassen Law Firm today for your free, confidential consultation.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen