An ATV accident often results in catastrophic injuries for the rider, and an ATV accident lawyer can help seek compensation for your injuries. Pennsylvania offers many recreational areas that are prime for ATV riding. However, when preventable accidents occur an ATV accident lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm can help accident victims who have suffered serious injuries.
Common ATV Injuries
ATV injuries can be result in traumatic injuries that take weeks or months to recover from. Other people suffer permanent disability that pervades every aspect of their life. Examples of injuries from ATV accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Spinal cord injury / paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Severed limbs requiring amputation
- Severe sprains and strains
- Burn injuries
- Nerve damage
- Dislocated joints
- Severe lacerations and other wounds
Who may be Liable for Damages?
Depending on the unique situation of the accident, victims of an ATV accident may be able to file a claim against multiple defendants. The driver of the ATV may be at fault for reckless or careless operation of the vehicle. Or a property owner with a known hazard on the property may be at fault. In some cases, the manufacturer of the ATV may be at fault for a defective product. And in many cases, an individual may need help filing a claim against their own insurance company for medical expenses, lost income, funeral expenses, and more. These cases can be very complicated, especially when multiple defendants or insurance companies are involved. An ATV Accident lawyer in our firm will investigate the incident to identify who may be liable for your injuries.
What if I was Partially Responsible for my Injury?
Pennsylvania law uses the legal concept of comparative negligence. Section 7102 of the Pennsylvania General Assembly outlines that victims can seek compensation for their injuries even if they are partially at fault. Evidence from police reports, medical reports, witness statements, and other pertinent information from the accident scene may be reviewed to help determine the percentage of fault.
Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative negligence rule. The plaintiff can collect damages if it is found that they are less than 51% at fault. However, compensation for damages is reduced by the percent that the plaintiff is found to be at fault. For example, if a plaintiff with damages of $100,000 is found to be 10% at fault, their compensation would be reduced to $90,000.
Do I need an ATV Accident Lawyer?
Always consult an ATV Accident lawyer following an accident that results in serious injuries. Determining fault for an ATV accident can be complex. A Philadelphia personal injury attorney can help get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding your accident and hold the negligent party responsible. At the Wieand Law Firm, our experienced and aggressive lawyers will advocate for you and your family, so that you can focus on recovery and not dealing with insurance companies. We offer a free consultation so that we can listen closely and understand your unique situation. After that, we strategize on how to help you obtain the best possible result for your damages. Call us today at 215-666-777 or send us a message to speak directly to an attorney.