Aggressive ATV Accident Lawyers – Bernard Law Group
All-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents are not publicized as often as other types of crashes. This might inhibit victims from seeking help when they are exposed to injuries in an ATV accident in Washington. If you have been injured contact an Bernard Law Group ATV Accident Lawyer. To help ATV drivers in Seattle and surrounding regions, the lawyers at the Bernard Law Group reach out to those who may have been victimized in similar accidents to help them fight for their rights.
The cases become more complicated, however, when substantial injuries are involved and there are questionable insurance coverage limits on the other vehicle. In the event of limited coverage, some attorneys suggest accepting a settlement. At the Bernard Law Group, however, we explore every avenue of recovery.
ATV Accidents Are On The Rise
ATVs can be a great deal of fun if used correctly. They are also used by drivers of all age groups who see themselves as adrenaline junkies. But ATVs are not only fun — they can also be quite dangerous.
Because of their potential to expose others to threats and injuries, ATV accidents have been on the rise. As a matter of fact, the yearly ATC accident rate increased 50%, with 10,000 cases in 1982 to 150,000 in 2017.
As the use of ATVs grows, so does the number of accidents. Washington drivers who either use the vehicles sporadically or who take pleasure in driving ATVs regularly should not ignore the risks.
Fatal ATV Accidents Claim Hundreds Of Lives
From 1982, when officials only registered 29 fatal ATV accidents to 2007, when there were 766 similar accidents, ATV use grew in popularity.
Because the four-wheelers are used more often today than ever before, some of the most impacted drivers happen to be young, and most of those who suffer injuries are below the age of 16.
Unfortunately, many of the victims and their families are not aware that their rights are being violated when ATV accidents happen. That’s why you should have an experienced personal injury lawyer at your side.
Most Common ATV Accident Injuries
ATVs are used by drivers who like to experience the adventure of driving off-road. However, ATVs don’t have seatbelts, making a potential accident particularly dangerous to occupants.
Some of the most common ATV accident-related injuries include:
Because many ATV riders won’t wear helmets, an accident at high speeds could lead to traumatic head injuries.
Leg And Arm Injuries
In minor ATV accidents, riders and occupants might suffer non-life-threatening injuries. They include leg and arm injuries such as scrapes, broken bones, and even skin burns.
Spinal Cord Injuries
In about 7.9% of ATV accidents, a victim will suffer spinal cord injuries. That’s due to several factors, one being that the average ATV weighs between 500 and 600 pounds.
The weight can lead to detrimental consequences if the vehicle flips and falls on the rider. In such cases, spinal cord injuries are more likely to occur.
Rollover ATV accidents can expose riders to internal injuries due to the pressure caused by the vehicle’s weight.
ATVs may roll over due to obstacles on the road or because other vehicles being driven recklessly while the rider is driving the ATV on the highway.
Speed and other factors such as equipment failure may also play an important role in these types of crashes.
Experienced ATV Accident Lawyers In Washington Are a Must
In cases involving ATV accidents in Washington, a routine investigation must be completed. Police records must be obtained, along with witness interviews and photographs of the accident scene and resulting damage. All insurance companies must be contacted promptly to determine available coverage limits.
When an attorney contacts the insurance company directly, in most states the insurance adjuster will then be prevented from communicating directly with the plaintiffs. Many times, the at-fault driver’s insurance company adjuster will attempt to record a statement from the victim without the advice of counsel. This should never be permitted.
In the event that the negligent vehicle does not have insurance coverage, it is extremely important that you make a timely claim to your insurance company for uninsured motorist coverage. Sometimes, this coverage is automatically contained in your policy to cover your injuries when the other vehicle is not insured. However, to take advantage of this type of coverage, a timely claim must be presented. Delay most often results in denial.
In order to assess what insurance policies offer and make sure that large corporations are not trying to deny responsibility in an ATV accident, drivers should always contact an experienced attorney.
Why Hire The Attorneys At the Bernard Law Group?
Often the success of a case rests on the experience of the attorneys involved. In addition, their willingness to aggressively pursue a satisfactory outcome is a factor. At the Bernard Law Group, our lawyers have a proven track records in all areas of personal injury. This includes product liability, construction accidents, highway/roadway design defects, defective drug litigation, aviation accidents, and more.
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Do not hesitate to contact us if you’re injured in an ATV accident anywhere in Washington state. Our attorneys are here to help.