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Which Parties Can Be Held Liable for an ATV Accident?

In the last decade, there has been a substantial increase in the number of ATV owners in Washington, DC. However, this popular recreational activity is not without its risks; in fact, over 100,000 Americans are severely injured in accidents involving ATVs each year.

Common ATV accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Broken bones
  • Neck injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Second- and third-degree burns
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement

Pursuing Damages After an ATV Accident

Accident survivors often sustain life-changing injuries that necessitate emergency medical assistance, costly surgeries, and long-term rehabilitation services. Most people cannot afford these medical bills without going into debt, especially when their respective conditions prevent them from holding gainful employment.

Fortunately, an accident survivor may have grounds to file a claim and pursue compensation that alleviates their injury-related debts and financial burdens. Because multiple parties can be held liable for a single ATV accident, we recommend discussing your case with an experienced personal injury attorney before filing a claim.

The following parties can be held liable for an ATV accident:

  • An ATV operator
  • A motorist
  • The vehicle’s owner
  • A minor operator’s parents
  • The vehicle manufacturer
  • A property owner

There are many factors and circumstances that need to be considered before you file an accident or insurance claim. For example, if you are involved in a single or multi-vehicle collision, you can file an accident claim against any negligent party. Alternatively, if trail conditions caused you to crash, you may be able to file a claim against the state or a neglectful property owner.

However, if you were injured on private property, you will most likely be filing a claim against the owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy. If this policy does not cover ATV accidents, you may need to file a civil claim in order to recover the damages your injuries warrant.

Of course, the defendant’s insurance provider may try to dispute your claim to mitigate their financial losses, so it is critical that you retain aggressive legal representation as soon as possible. At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our Washington, DC ATV accident lawyers can investigate your case, compile critical evidence, and develop a litigation strategy that proves the at-fault party violated their duty of care by causing you harm.

Pursue Damages Today

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an ATV. We can review the circumstances of your case, determine the negligent parties, and help you file an effective claim. With our help, you can recover damages that account for your existing and projected medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and more.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP at (202) 888-0872 to schedule your free consultation.