ATV accidents can occur for different reasons with the same impact on the victim, including damages, injuries and harm. ATV riding is a growing past time, especially in Virginia and surrounding areas. ATV use can be fun; however, ATVs are able to operate at high speeds, over difficult terrain, including mountains, but lack important safety features found on other vehicles that are similarly able to perform at high speeds.
As a result, the injuries suffered in an ATV wreck can be catastrophic for the victim and can result in a lifelong impact and potential disability. Victims may suffer injuries associated with an ATV accident because of negligent operation of an ATV; improper handling of an ATV; rollovers; collisions with trees, other vehicles or ATVs; alcohol-related accidents; or as a result of a defective ATV. Whether the victim is injured in an ATV accident because of the negligence of another party or because of a product defect associated with an ATV, the legal process provides protections to assist them when they have been harmed in an ATV accident.
Because serious and debilitating injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, are not uncommon in ATV accidents, victims may face a difficult and costly recovery period and may suffer the impact of an ATV accident for the rest of their lives. Victims may be able to recover damages including medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages associated with an ATV accident.
The impact of an ATV accident can be life-altering for victims and the recovery process may not be simple. As a result, it is important for victims of ATV accidents to be familiar with the legal resources available to them for the recovery of compensation when they have suffered damages in an ATV accident.