If you’ve been injured in an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) accident, contact the Dallas ATV accident attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm for a free consultation.
Every year, thousands are killed or seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle accidents, and often because of poor vehicle design. Additionally, ATV accidents that result in serious injury or death have significantly increased for the eighth year straight, according to the CPSC.
Every year, more than 97,000 people are injured in ATV accidents throughout the United States. These accidents are often preventable, yet careless and reckless drivers continue to cause accidents that leave victims with life-altering injuries. When victims are harmed in collisions due to the actions of others, it is crucial that they reach out to ATV accident attorneys in Dallas as soon as possible to explore legal options available to them. Victims may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face.
The Dallas personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm have decades of experience fighting to protect the legal rights of victims harmed in ATV accidents throughout the state of Texas. Our team investigates accidents for victims, gathers evidence, and puts together solid claims on behalf of victims to ensure they get the justice they deserve so they can recover and move forward.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an ATV, 4-wheeler, 3-Wheeler, or any kind of off-road vehicle, you need an experienced Dallas ATV accident lawyer that can fight for the compensation that you and your family deserves. We will explore every legal option and look for all parties who may bear responsibility for the accident, and will fight hard to get the justice you’re owed.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents.
More than 260 people are injured in ATV accidents across the United States each day. These accidents leave nearly 100,000 people with injuries that require extensive medical treatment and weeks to recover. Although there are various reasons why these collisions occur, there are some reasons that cause ATV accidents more often than others. Some of the main causes of ATV, UTV, side-by-side, and 4-wheeler accidents, include:
- Inherent design defects (such as having a high center of gravity and narrow track width, inadequate warnings, etc.)
- Reckless driving
- Not having adequate safety equipment
- Having too many passengers on the ATV
- Inexperienced drivers controlling the vehicle
- Operating the vehicle while impaired
- Faulty mechanical work
When victims are injured in ATV accidents, it is crucial that they reach out to a personal injury attorney in Dallas as soon as possible to explore legal options available to them. Victims may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward.
Liability for an ATV Accident in Texas
Like other types of auto accidents, victims of ATV accidents have various legal options available to them. Determining who can be held liable for the accident depends primarily on the cause of the crash. When ATVs are involved in accidents with other vehicles, the drivers of other vehicles involved may be held liable for injuries and damages. Determining who was at-fault for the collision is critical in determining what legal options are available for you.
In some cases, the driver of the ATV can be held liable for their actions. Riders who operate ATVs are required to act responsibly and to ensure the safety of others. When drivers act negligently, strike objects, rollover, lose control of their vehicles, or perform negligently in other ways, they can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages.
There are also a substantial number of ATV accidents that fall under product liability laws. These cases involve instances where manufacturers produce defective or malfunctioning products. When the defects or malfunctions contribute to an accident, and you are injured, you may be able to hold the manufacturer and various other responsible parties liable for the resulting injuries and damages you suffered. Working with a well-versed attorney will ensure you are able to get the justice you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm will investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine the best path forward for you. Contact our law firm at your earliest convenience to schedule a free consultation.
Services Offered by Rasansky Law Firm To Our Clients
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm understand the challenges victims face after their accidents. Many victims are forced to undergo extensive medical treatment for injuries in addition to dealing with mental and emotional issues. Trying to navigate the complex legal system during these trying times can be extremely challenging. For this reason, victims benefit greatly by reaching out to an ATV accident attorney in Dallas who can provide them with responsive legal guidance to ensure their best interests and legal rights are protected. The attorney at Rasansky Law Firm provides an array of services for clients that include:
- Investigating the scene of each accident.
- Gathering evidence in support of a victim’s claim.
- Collecting medical records, reports, and bills to outline medical care.
- Gathering police reports, repair statements, and other documents to prove the costs of the accident.
- Working with experts who can recreate the scene of an accident to uncover critical details in support of our clients’ claims.
- Filing all documents, petitions, and forms necessary to ensure victims are able to hold those at fault accountable.
- Maintaining open communication with victims throughout the entire duration of their claims.
- Aggressively negotiate full and fair compensation on behalf of clients.
- Providing effective legal representation in a trial, whenever necessary.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm strive to help our clients maximize their recoveries. We stop at nothing to make sure wrongdoers are held accountable for their actions so our clients can achieve their goals and move forward from their accidents in the best way possible. If you were injured in an accident as a result of another person’s actions, contact our personal injury attorneys in Dallas as soon as possible to explore legal options available for you. We are available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case.
Recoverable Damages in ATV Collisions in Texas
Victims who are injured in ATV collisions often face overwhelming physical and mental issues. The mental and emotional pain and suffering victims are forced to endure can have a devastating impact on their lives. As if dealing with the mental and physical consequences were not enough, victims are often forced to endure financial burdens as well. For this reason, victims harmed in ATV accidents are able to file legal claims against responsible parties to obtain compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Some of the damages the attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm help clients obtain include compensation for include:
- All past, current, and future medical expenses.
- Long-term care costs related to therapy and hospitalization.
- Lost wages from taking time off work to recover and attend appointments.
- Lost earning capacity for victims forced out of work indefinitely due to permanent disabilities.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of consortium.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of quality of life.
Although we would like to assume that all victims recover from their accidents, ATV crashes claim the lives of hundreds of people across the United States each year. When families lose loved ones in ATV accidents, our attorneys help them obtain the maximum amount of compensation available for funeral services, burial costs, lost benefits, and various other damages. Contact our law firm in Dallas at your earliest convenience to see how we can help you.
Defective by design?
In 2008, Rachel Weintraub (the Director of Product Safety for the Consumer Federation of America) implicated the entire ATV industry for not doing more to prevent all-terrain vehicle accidents. The president of American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. David T. Taylor Jr., agrees with Weintraub’s sentiment, stating that “ATVs continue to kill and seriously injure children at alarming rates…the industry has done nothing to make these dangerous vehicles safer.”
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission also related some unnerving statistics. More than a 150,000 serious injuries resulted from ATV accidents over the last year, and there has been a 37 percent increase in serious all terrain vehicle injuries since 2001. Weintraub went so far as to suggest that that the new generation of ATVs should be “designed to eliminate hazards.” Adding a note of finality to the discussion, researchers at the University of Kentucky published results suggesting that national size guidelines for all-terrain vehicle were “inadequate to ensure the safety of young riders.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that any significant progress has been made, as there have been a ridiculous number of ATV recalls due to safety issues in recent years.
Types of ATV accident injuries.
Being involved in an ATV accident can leave victims with life-altering injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Many victims are forced to go through emergency surgery, medical treatment, and spend extended time in area hospitals. There are some ATV accidents that result in minor injuries for victims. However, in most cases, the types of injuries caused by these of vehicles are severe and permanent. The most common types of personal injuries caused by ATV wrecks include:
- Facial injuries
- Head and neck injuries (Approximately 27% of all ATV accidents annually)
- Torso injuries (22% of all ATV accidents result in these injuries each year)
- Broken legs ( and feet (21% of ATV accidents each year)
- Broken arms, legs and hands (29% of accidents each year)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries from head impact
- Crush injuries from being pinned to ground, often resulting in wrongful death
As a result of the severity of these injuries, some manufacturers began issuing warnings. Some manufacturers send their customers warning labels advising them that their ATVs may roll over on uneven terrain or if the vehicles were turned too quickly. Other labels warned riders and drivers to keep their arms and legs in the vehicle. The notices failed to include anything about safety precautions regarding use of seat belts, application of a new type of door, or maneuverability issues. If you are injured in an ATV accident, it is crucial that you seek legal guidance as soon as possible. You may have legal options available to help you get the justice you deserve.
Our Dallas Attorneys Can Help.
Every day, numerous people across Texas are left with debilitating injuries from ATV accidents. Many victims involved in these life-altering accidents are left with debilitating injuries that continue to cause them pain and suffering indefinitely. When victims are injured in accidents as a result of another person’s actions, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance from a responsive and aggressive legal team as soon as possible.
The Dallas ATV lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm have decades of experience helping victims throughout the state get the justice they deserve after being injured. Our attorneys fight diligently to ensure our clients are in the best position possible to move forward after being harmed in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, please call Rasansky Law Firm or fill out the contact form on this page for a confidential and free case evaluation. Speak with our accident lawyers about the details of your four-wheeler wreck, and learn the legal options available to you for no charge.
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