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ATV Accidents Lawyer

Fort Lauderdale ATV accident attorney David I. Fuchs has over 20 years of experience in successfully representing ATV accident victims, their families and friends who have sustained and suffered serious bodily injuries because of the negligence of another party. If you or someone you love suffered injuries while driving or riding on an ATV, we can help. We may be able to help you negotiate a better settlement with your insurance company or go up against a negligent person, property owner, or product manufacturer in pursuit of damages.

Florida is one of the highest-ranked states in terms of fatal ATV accidents. According to crash statistics, 512 Floridians died in ATV accidents from 1982 to 2012 – the sixth-highest in the country. Ongoing reporting brings this number to 596 deaths as of 2017. At our law offices, we believe that ATVing recreationally or for work should not end in a trip to the hospital. We want to help crash victims seek damage recovery in Florida. For your free consultation, call (954) 568-3636.

Trusted Florida ATV Accident Lawyers

At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, our attorneys have years of experience handling ATV accident claims throughout Florida. We know that three- and four-wheeler ATVs are becoming more popular in the state, resulting in greater odds of accidents and injuries. We strive to be a trusted, reputable source of legal representation for these unique cases in Fort Lauderdale. We understand ATV safety rules, regulations, and manufacturer instructions. We also understand state ATV laws, including:

  • No ATVs allowed on paved roads
  • ATV riders under the age of 16 must wear protective helmets and eyewear
  • If operating an ATV on public land, it must have a title

We can help accident victims navigate the law and aim for the highest possible compensation amount from an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Our firm might even be able to seek recovery through a homeowner’s insurance policy if parents failed to supervise children on ATVs. Our mission is to assist ATV accident victims and their families in any way we can. Find out if we can help you with the legal process. Call (954) 568-3636 or request your free review online today.

WHAT IS AN ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle)?

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a three or four-wheeled motorized vehicle. Occasionally ATV’s are used when working outdoors. Primarily, however, ATV’s are used in recreational activities for young people. With speeds of up to 55 MPH, these smaller vehicles can still really pick up steam. Though they seem smaller in size, an ATV can weigh up to a quarter ton.

Injuries associated with ATV’s are rapidly on the rise. Currently, there are very few regulations regarding these smaller vehicles. Government officials have taken notice and are attempting to strategically implement new laws and protocol in order to mitigate the growing injury and fatality rate of ATV users and accident victims.

When riding for recreational purposes, ATV’s can be very exhilarating. This is especially true for young drivers. As time goes by, ATV manufacturers continue to create heavier, more powerful vehicles, each one boasting a greater thrill than the last. Statistically, however, the increase in power and weight in newer model ATV’s can be directly linked with the increase of deaths and injuries associated with these vehicles.

How ATV Deaths Occur

The majority of ATV deaths result from the vehicle overturning. ATV injuries typically occur as the result of a major collision. Furthermore, the risk of injury is increased by the lack of safety laws and regulations. Many states have no age restriction for ATV riders or mandatory helmet safety laws to protect drivers. The fact is, many perceive these vehicles as “slower” and “recreational”, therefore parents and guardians allow children to operate ATV’s without proper instruction, safety apparel or supervision.

If involved in an ATV accident, there is a 75% chance of serious or fatal injury to the accident victim’s spinal cord or head. This fact has profound implications. If you are fortunate enough to survive, lifelong injuries and physical ailments are likely to occur. ATV accident victims have lost limbs, been paralyzed and in the worst cases, killed.

ATV Accident Prevention

Currently, very few are taking any steps toward preventing accidents involving ATV’s. As awareness grows, hopefully, more will exercise proven safety measures to help mitigate the instances of injury every year. Here are a few simple steps to help prevent injury while operating an ATV:

  1. Wear a safety helmet and protective gear
  2. Ride slower ATV’s
  3. Minors should be supervised by an adult whenever operating an ATV
  4. Ride lighter ATV’s

What Are Your Options After a Florida ATV Accident?

Florida’s no-fault insurance laws may limit your legal options after an ATV accident. According to Florida law, all accident victims must go to their own insurance companies for damage recovery, regardless of who caused the accident. Although ATVs aren’t traditional motor vehicles, the same insurance laws apply. The only case in which you could bring a lawsuit against a person or company to seek damages outside of your insurance coverage would be if the accident caused serious, long-lasting injuries.

If your accident was serious, the defendant in your lawsuit could be a number of different people depending on the circumstances of the accident. For example, a single-vehicle ATV accident might have occurred due to a defective ATV design, manufacturing error, or a company’s failure to market the vehicle in a safe manner. This type of crash could result in a lawsuit against the ATV’s manufacturer. Other potential defendants include other ATVers, property owners, and ATV tour companies. Our lawyers can help you learn whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim, as well as identify the proper defendant(s).

ATV Accident Victims

For the most part, deaths and injuries relating to ATV’s are preventable. However, due to the fact that these vehicles are accident-prone unregulated vehicles, being injured due to the fault of someone else is highly possible. If you, a friend or relative has been injured or killed on an ATV you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Following these guidelines may help get you one step closer to the peace of mind that you deserve.

What To Do Immediately After an ATV Crash

  1. Call the police to the scene of the accident
  2. Seek medical treatment for the injured party/parties
  3. Seek legal counsel to protect your legal rights

While regulators continue to debate over the necessity of ATV regulation, young people across the nation continue to be injured and fatally wounded in ATV accidents. Protect yourself and your loved ones by calling Ft Lauderdale accident lawyer David I. Fuchs who will take your call and speak with you immediately about your ATV accident case. Personal Injury Attorney David I. Fuchs will then stand ready to fight for you to see that you get compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages and medical bills.

Ft Lauderdale personal injury lawyer David I. Fuchs will represent you for injuries that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
  2. Traumatic Brain Injury, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
  3. Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
  4. Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
  5. Those injuries caused by a collision with a driver that is drunk, impaired or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs

Call accident attorney David I. Fuchs at his Fort Lauderdale office Toll Free at (954) 568-3636 for a free consultation to discuss your ATV accident case. You may also write to Lawyer David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page. If you cannot come to his office in Fort Lauderdale, injury lawyer David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. We speak English and Spanish. Se habla ingles y espanol.

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