ATV Accident Attorneys
At Freeburn Hamilton, We’re Ready to Fight for the Fair & Full Compensation You Deserve.
No matter how careful you are, a day of fun riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can lead to a lifetime of suffering. Injuries caused by driver error, speed, and other factors can lead to severe injuries, long-term pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and expensive medical bills.
After an accident, ATV riders may pursue compensation for their damages from the responsible party. Sometimes an accident is caused by another person or by a defective ATV or product. Therefore, ATV injury claims can be very complicated, especially when multiple insurance companies and additional legal issues are involved. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an ATV, your best opportunity to recover compensation is to contact an experienced Pennsylvania ATV accident lawyer.
At Freeburn Hamilton, we know the physical, emotional, and financial toll that an ATV accident can have on victims and their families. Since 1982, our attorneys have been representing and protecting the rights of individuals across Central PA. Our lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars for accident victims and are ready to get you or your loved one the compensation you need to make a full and lasting recovery.
Who is Liable for an ATV Accident?
Pennsylvania operates under comparative negligence law. Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence law means that victims can collect compensation for injuries even if you are found partially at fault for the accident. ATV accidents involving other recreational vehicles operate under the concept of responsibility.
The court will examine your case’s evidence, including police reports, medical reports, witness testimonies, and other pertinent information to assess who is liable for the accident. If your ATV accident was caused by a defect or malfunction in the vehicle, you may have grounds for a claim against the part manufacturer. However, if another driver’s negligence caused the accident, then the operator may be held liable for any damages. If you were on the ATV owner’s property, a claim with the homeowner’s insurance policy or against the owner might be your next step.
Common ATV Accident Injuries
ATVs can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, and many can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. Injuries from an ATV accident can be permanent and costly. Victims of ATV accidents can suffer severe and potentially life-threatening injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Second and third-degree burns
Children are most at risk when riding adult-sized ATVs, which are more difficult for children to handle. Children are involved in about one-fifth of the deaths and about one-third of the injuries from ATV accidents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, injuries to children riding adult-sized ATVs are often severe. They include severe brain, spinal, abdominal, and complicated orthopedic injuries.
Will My Insurance Cover an ATV Accident?
ATVs are insured separately from your auto policy. However, ATV accidents can be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Covering ATV accidents with homeowner’s insurance depends on your location, how the accident happened, and whether it occurred on your property. Insurance will not cover an ATV accident that occurs on your neighbor’s property, only your own. Review your homeowner’s policy to check where your property lines are located.
The Benefits of Having An Experienced ATV Lawyer On Your Side
ATV accidents can be very complicated, especially when determining fault in the accident. At Freeburn Hamilton, our team is ready to work for you.
For over 40 years, we have represented people injured in accidents, including those hurt in ATV accidents. We’ve seen how much families struggle when their loved one is seriously injured. Let our attorney deal with the insurance companies so that you can concentrate on getting better.
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