Recreational Vehicle Accidents
Recreational vehicle accidents can leave victims in the hospital, or worse. Because these aren’t just appealing recreational vehicles for adults, children are often victims in ATV and 4-wheeler accidents across the state. Whether you were injured on a jet ski, dune buggy, mini-bike or quad, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Many victims don’t even own the recreational vehicles they were hurt on and weren’t given proper safety equipment or warnings about vehicle operation.What is a Recreational Vehicle?
Recreational vehicles come in all different shapes in sizes. Some of the most popular recreational vehicles are all-terrain-vehicles, or ATV’s. They are also known as four-wheelers, and some varieties only have three wheels. Many different types of motor bikes can also be considered recreational vehicles. If you’re not sure if you were injured on a recreational vehicle, check the list below.Types of Recreational Vehicles
- All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s)
- Dirt bikes
- Go carts
- Dune buggies
- Motor homes
- Jet skis
Head and neck injuries are commonly associated with recreational vehicle accidents. Even though many of these types of vehicles aren’t road-rated, they can go incredibly fast. Even at relatively low speeds, a jolt, crash or rollover accident can put victims in the hospital or worse. Depending upon the severity of a crash, you could be facing traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal injuries and several broken bones. Even with a helmet on, riders can be devastatingly, catastrophically or fatally injured in an ATV accident.Who Does the Recreational Vehicle Belong to?
A big question involved with recreational vehicle accident liability is ownership of the vehicle. Additionally, whose property did the accident happen on? Your lawyer will have a plethora of questions to ask about your particular case to help determine if somebody’s negligent, careless or willfully dangerous behavior contributed to your injuries. In many cases, the vehicle belongs to somebody who doesn’t properly warn the rider of the dangers associated with ATV’s or types of recreational vehicles and also doesn’t provide adequate safety equipment.U.S. ATV Crash Statistics
- In 2011, there were 327 reported ATV-related deaths and 107,500 estimated emergency room visits.
- In 2010, there were 590 reported ATV-related deaths and 115,000 estimated emergency room visits
- In 2009, there were 684 reported ATV-related deaths and 131,900 estimated emergency room visits.
- Between 1982 and 2011, there were 334 total reported ATV-related deaths.
- 110 of those victims were children under the age of 16.
- 54 of those deaths happened between 2008 and 2011.
Were you driving the ATV, quad or mini-bike? Perhaps, you were riding on the back of a recreational vehicle when the driver’s dangerous behaviors caused the crash. Since no two cases are the same, you need to bring all of the facts of your accident to the attention of your lawyer, who can help to sort through them and find out who was responsible for your injuries.Medical Bills After a Recreational Vehicle Accident
Depending upon how severely you were injured or how long you spent in the hospital, you could be facing incredibly extensive medical bills. Even a small hospital bill can seem like an insurmountable obstacle for a family who is already struggling to care for an injured child or loved one. No matter what your medical bills look like, your lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve after an accident. Determining the cause of your crash, the factors involved and the responsible parties will all be part of your lawyer’s plan.After an ATV Accident in Jackson
If you, your child or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving a recreational vehicle, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Cases involving landowners, operators of recreational vehicles and multiple other parties may be complicated. Your attorney can be your family’s advocate while you begin moving forward with your life after the accident. Don’t let the irresponsible actions of others keep you and your family from getting back to your normal lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV or other type of recreational vehicle accident, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.