All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are popular in California, with more than 755,000 machines reportedly registered throughout the state as of 2020. In addition to being able to operate ATVs and OHVs on private property, the Golden State features a number of regularly patronized public trails, such as:
But while operating ATVs and OHVs can be an enjoyable leisure activity for many, such vehicles can also be dangerous, often causing serious injuries and even fatalities when accidents take place.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirms that between 1982 and 2014, 694 deaths were reported in California All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) accidents. Additionally, from 2015 to 2017, the CPSC confirmed 63 deaths in California which were the result of ATV or OHV accidents.
If you’ve been injured in an All-terrain vehicle or off-highway vehicle accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for things like hospital or medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or emotional trauma. By filing a civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group’s personal injury and ATV accident lawyers, we will fight to help you recover the maximum financial compensation you need to make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.
Let’s look at what an All-terrain vehicle (ATV) or off-highway vehicle (OHV) accident injury lawsuit entails, discuss how long you have to file a claim, and review the types of damages that may be recoverable in your specific case. We’ll also provide information on how to arrange for a free and no obligation consultation with an experienced Dordulian Law Group (DLG) ATV accident lawyer.
A recent study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital confirmed that ATVs and OHVs are perhaps much more dangerous than the general public realizes – particularly for children and teenagers.
According to the study, throughout the past 25 years, 31 children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms every single day for ATV-related head and neck injuries. But as a TODAY report also notes, All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) popularity has actually increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But when All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and OHV accidents occur, the ensuing injuries can be devastating.
“When you’re going 30 miles an hour and you hit a tree, you may not get a second chance. At that speed, with heavy machines like that, one mistake can be life-changing,” Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, and senior author of the study, said via press release.
Some additional ATV and OHV accident injury statistics provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission include:
Moreover, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) confirms that in 80-90% of ATV-related accident deaths, the victims were not wearing helmets.
And the Consumer Federation of America confirms that July is actually the deadliest month for ATV and OHV accidents. In fact, the date with the highest recorded number of ATV and OHV recorded deaths is the July 4th holiday.
But those numbers may be a slight underestimate, as the TODAY report notes. For example, accidents involving other types of off-road vehicles such as utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs) are not included in the statistics cited above, and therefore the overall number of injuries and fatalities may in fact be higher.
Dr. Bret Nicks, a professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians, told TODAY that he has seen a recent increase in injuries and fatalities related to ATVs as their popularity grows.
“The power behind them [ATVs] … is markedly greater than it was a decade ago,” Dr. Nicks told TODAY. “People have to recognize that ATVs are not toys. They’re fun, and yes, they have very small ones, but they’re incredibly heavy, and they have lots of power.”
The most common ATV injuries impacting kids, according to Dr. Nicks, are from falling off without wearing proper gear.
“They have on flip-flops and shorts, maybe a tank top or a T-shirt, so we see lots of contusions, injuries to the skin,” he said.
According to Dr. Nicks, other common ATV and OHV accident injuries include:
Furthermore, one of the most dangerous situations involving ATV accident occurs when kids are ejected from the vehicle at a great distance.
“Then we have concerns for head injury, multi-system trauma inside their chest, inside their belly, organ injuries and those types of things,” Dr. Nicks said to TODAY.
Some additional ATV and OHV injuries which commonly occur include:
The ATV Safety Institute offers a number of potentially lifesaving precautions which all vehicle operators should note:
An ATV or OHV accident can be a traumatizing experience, leaving the victim with physical, emotional, and financial hardships which are long-term and significantly impact overall quality of life.
When an ATV or OHV accident injury occurs as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for damages. By filing an ATV/OHV accident civil claim with DLG, our dedicated personal injury lawyers will fight to secure you the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
After an ATV or OHV accident, DLG’s personal injury lawyers recommend that your first step be to undergo a thorough medical examination by a licensed physician who can evaluate the extent of your injuries. Receiving immediate medical care is essential to your health, safety, and well-being, and should be prioritized above everything else after an ATV or OHV accident.
Once your injuries have been assessed and attended to, you may wish to:
Your ATV or OHV accident injury may involve filing a claim against your insurance provider, the ATV company, the property where the incident occurred, or a combination of these parties. Accordingly, it is strongly recommended that you never make an official statement or sign any legal documents without first consulting with a skilled and proven ATV accident injury lawyer.
Moreover, do not accept any type of cash settlement or agree to any type of insurance payout without having your ATV/OHV accident injury lawyer review your case thoroughly.
DLG’s ATV and OHV accident injury lawyers will review the facts of your case, provide you with all available legal options, answer any questions you may have, provide an estimate for how long the legal process may take, and offer you an estimate of how much your claim may be worth.
When you contact a DLG Los Angeles, California, ATV/OHV accident injury lawyer, we will examine your case and ensure that it meets specific criteria under the law to allow for a civil claim. Said criteria may include:
After an ATV or OHV accident injury, you may be wondering whether or not you have a valid claim for financial compensation. The best way to determine both the validity and value of your ATV/OHV accident injury case is by contacting an experienced DLG attorney today for a free consultation at 818-322-4056.
ATV and OHV accidents due to negligence typically fall under the standard two-year statute of limitations for California personal injury claims. This means that you usually have two years from the date of your ATV or OHV accident injury to file a civil claim to recover damages.
However, DLG’s ATV and OHV accident lawyers strongly encourage all injured victims to file claims as soon as possible after an incident occurs. This can help ensure that your claim has the greatest likelihood of success and that justice in the form of maximum financial compensation is possible.
For claims against public or government entities – such as some ATV parks – the deadline for filing may be much shorter. In fact, these claims are often bound by a six-month statute of limitations. Accordingly, it is recommended that you file your ATV or OHV accident injury claim immediately to prevent any deadlines from impacting your eligibility for due financial compensation.
If an ATV or OHV accident resulting from negligence or carelessness leads to a tragic fatality, a wrongful death claim may be filed. ATV and OHV wrongful death lawsuits may be brought by surviving family members in an effort to secure various types of damages that fall under three categories:
Examples of economic damages that may be recoverable in ATV/OHV accident wrongful death lawsuits include:
Examples of common non-economic damages that may be recoverable in ATV/OHV accident wrongful death lawsuits include:
The defendant named in an ATV or OHV accident injury claim often depends on the circumstances of the specific incident. For example, depending on how your injury occurred, you may be able to file a claim against:
To discuss your claim confidentially, contact DLG’s ATV/OHV accident injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
DLG’s ATV/OHV accident lawyers will pursue all available damages based on the circumstances of your case. Some common examples of ATV/OHV accident injury damages include:
DLG’s ATV and OHV personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record. If you’ve been injured in an ATV or OHV accident due to negligence, we’ll fight to help you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
Hiring an ATV or OHV accident lawyer from DLG can help ensure your case is handled properly and that the maximum allowable compensation is pursued for all applicable damages – including those that are often difficult to prove, such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma.
DLG’s California ATV/OHV accident injury lawyers are led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who has secured more than 100 jury trial victories throughout his esteemed 25-year career.
When you’re injured in an ATV or OHV accident, you owe it to yourself to find the absolute best legal representation available to ensure that your claim reaches a successful conclusion and you recover maximum financial compensation for all damages.
Don’t settle for anything less than the DLG Advantage after an ATV or OHV accident injury. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means we never charge a penny until we’ve successfully recovered a maximum damages award for your claim. If we don’t win, you don’t pay – it’s just that simple. At DLG, we believe everyone should have access to the best personal injury lawyers regardless of financial means. That’s why we accept all cases on a contingency fee agreement, and work tirelessly on behalf of clients to secure justice through maximum financial compensation.
Contact a DLG California ATV/OHV accident injury lawyer today at 818-322-4056 to learn more about how we can help you make a complete recovery which takes into account your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
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