Santa Clarita ATV Accident Attorneys
What to Do If You Are Injured in an ATV or Off-Road Accident
Outdoor lovers in and around the Santa Clarita area enjoy riding ATVs in the beautiful terrain. Although most people take all of the proper safety precautions, accidents can and do still happen regularly on these motorized vehicles. Even though ATVs may not have the same laws as automobiles, ATV drivers are still under a duty to act responsibly while riding them.
If you or someone you love was injured in an ATV or off-road accident, either due to another person’s negligence or an ATV defect, contact the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson. Since 1980, we have been dedicated to being the voice of the injured, helping victims of negligence throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area recover millions of dollars for their losses. Our Santa Clarita ATV accident lawyers can help you understand your legal options and build a case to protect your rights, including your right to a fair recovery.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a popular form of recreation for people of all ages. However, problems occur when people treat ATVs as toys rather than considering the amount of damage they can cause. This attitude is responsible for many catastrophic injuries and deaths in California every year.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we see ATVs involved in accidents for many reasons. Rollovers due to design defects or manufacturing mistakes are common, as are accidents resulting from improper manufacturer warnings or instructions for use.
ATV and off-road accidents also common result from poor or unsafe operation, including but not limited to:
- Excessive speed
- Operating while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
We also commonly see accidents caused by reckless drivers who are negligent in the operation of the vehicle itself.
Individuals who are involved in an ATV accident need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can review their legal options to receive compensation for their injuries as a result of the accident.
ATV Safety Tips
When you’re riding an ATV, it’s important to put your safety first to avoid accidents. This helps to reduce the risk of injuries.
Below are some basic safety tips to keep in mind when operating or riding an ATV or off-road vehicle:
- Always wear a helmet and protective clothing
- Never ride in traffic or on pavement
- Never drive or ride while intoxicated
- Enroll in a training course
Understanding ATV Accident Liability
Even if you are careful when operating an ATV, you can still be at risk for an accident. If you have been a victim of an accident for which you were not at fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys has experience handling ATV accidents and can investigate the factors that contributed to your accident to determine who is legally liable.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, these parties could include:
- An ATV manufacturer can be liable for a design flaw that made the ATV unsafe or a defect that caused or led to the accident
- Another ATV operator may be liable for your injuries if he or she was speeding, driving recklessly, was intoxicated, or was otherwise negligent
- The person/party that owns the land or trail where you are riding could be liable if there were dangerous conditions or obstacles present
What to Expect After You’ve Been in an ATV Accident
ATV adventures can be some of the most exciting memories in a person’s life. From the jumps to the beautiful scenery, ATV weekends and special trips are often extremely fun and life-changing. However, as with any motorized vehicle, accidents can happen.
In some cases, these accidents are as simple as a crash or a tumble. However, ATV accidents can also lead to serious injury and fatality in the blink of an eye. In these moments, it can be hard to know what comes next or how to handle the situation in the best possible way.
It's important to understand what to expect after you’ve been in an ATV accident, so you can be prepared for the worst even while enjoying the best.
You Will Need to Assess and Document the Damage
The minute the accident occurs, you will want to have someone document the damage both to your vehicle and yourself. Any injuries sustained will need to be documented in-depth in order to create a case. This case can be against the track or location itself (in the form of a premises liability case), towards another ATV driver, or the ATV manufacturer themselves.
No matter who you target, you will need proof to create your case, which is where documentation comes into play. If it is the location, take photos of the issue with the location. If it is a driver, document their damage and injuries as well. Lastly, if it is the ATV itself, document where it malfunctioned and why.
Immediately Hire an ATV Accident Lawyer
The next step will be to hire an ATV accident lawyer to represent you and your case. The evidence you have compiled thus far should be presented to them to craft the case around your story, damages, and injuries. This will also help you determine whether you deserve compensation for any damages incurred and your recovery period/ medical bills.
Talk to an Experienced Attorney for Free Today
To learn how our Santa Clarita ATV accident lawyers can help you with your personal injury claim, please reach out to the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson today and request a free consultation. We can discuss your case in detail and answer any of your questions.