Recreational vehicles can cause life-changing injuries when they flip over or otherwise malfunction. If you or someone you love has been injured in a recreational vehicle accident, the attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., can help you get the compensation you need.
With offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, Lancaster, Cherry Hill, and New York, our lawyers serve injured people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. No matter how you were injured, call 215-929-7216 for a free initial consultation. We will answer your questions and take immediate steps to protect your rights.
Liability And ATV Accidents
ATVs, four-wheelers, three-wheelers, and dirt bikes are intended for both on-road and off-road use. Unfortunately, the vehicles may lack safety features that can prevent serious injuries or deaths in accidents. In the aftermath of an ATV accident, it is important to contact an attorney immediately so that evidence of negligence can be collected and those responsible can be held accountable.
Examples of negligence may include:
- Failure of another driver to watch for recreational vehicles
- Defective equipment or manufacturing
- Dangerous property conditions
- Negligent operation
Common Recreational Vehicle And ATV Accident Injuries In Philadelphia
ATV accidents are more common than most people realize. When we turn to data available from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, we can see that there have been more than 700 ATV-related fatalities in Pennsylvania from the years 1982 to 2014. During the most recent period of data available, from 2015 to 2017, there have been more than 52 confirmed ATV-related fatalities across the Commonwealth. In total, there approximately 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries that occur across the United States each year related to ATV accidents.
Injuries resulting from ATV accidents are often severe because recreational riders have very little protection in the event a crash occurs. Even when an ATV rider is wearing a helmet, it is not uncommon for crash victims to sustain the following:
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Other severe neck or back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries in
- Open head wounds
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Amputations or crush injuries
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
Data available from the CPSC shows that a significant percentage of fatalities in ATV accidents occur in children under 16 years of age.
How Long Do Victims Have To File ATV Accident Claims In Philadelphia?
Victims who are injured in ATV crashes caused by the careless or negligent actions of another individual or entity have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This gives ATV accident victims a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation for their losses. Failing to file a lawsuit within this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they deserve.
How Much Compensation Is Available To ATV Accident Victims In Philadelphia?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a Philadelphia ATV accident, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our ATV accident lawyers have successfully helped clients recover the following:
- Compensation for all ATV-accident related medical bills
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work while they recover
- General out-of-pocket expenses a victim incurs
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
The total amount of compensation available in the aftermath of an ATV accident will vary depending on the facts related to each particular situation. Some of the factors that can affect total ATV accident compensation include the severity of the victim’s injuries, whether the victim played a role in the accident, the level of a victim’s pain and suffering, the egregiousness of the negligent party’s conduct, and more.
Contact Our ATV Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person’s careless or negligent actions, our lawyers can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Our lawyers will seek compensation for medical costs, therapy and rehabilitation costs, disability, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Our Philadelphia ATV accident lawyer will work tirelessly to ensure you are fully compensated for everything you have lost. We also represent family members in cases of wrongful death.