If you were injured in an ATV accident, you might be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you suffered. The owner of the ATV, the company that rented it, or the person who was driving you around might have a duty that requires them to pay for any injuries and medical bills they caused through negligent actions or dangerous driving.
If you or a loved one was injured in an ATV crash, call The Queenan Law Firm today. Our Dallas ATV accident lawyers have decades of experience handling four-wheeler accidents and other accidents involving auto injuries and injuries from recreational activities. For help with your case, call (817) 476-1797 today to schedule a free legal consultation with our attorneys.
Filing a Claim for ATV Accident Injuries in Texas
Injuries sustained in an ATV accident can have a serious impact on your life. If you were injured because someone else failed to use the proper care or skill in maintaining their ATV, training you to ride, or driving an ATV, you may be able to hold them responsible in court.
In most personal injury cases, the attorney for the “plaintiff” (the victim) will approach the case as a “negligence” case. Negligence means that the “defendant” (the responsible party) failed to use the proper care or skill required of them which resulted in injuries to the victim. Rather than claiming that the driver or owner of the ATV intentionally injured you or sabotaged the vehicle, it is easier and simpler in court to convince a jury that the defendant was responsible through negligence, carelessness, or recklessness.
If you were injured in an accident where you were a passenger on an ATV, it may be simple enough to hold the driver accountable for dangerous driving or improper maintenance. If you were riding as a passenger on a friend’s ATV, their attempts to perform stunts, drive at high speeds, or make quick, dangerous maneuvers should lead to liability for any injuries they cause you. Additionally, if someone let you ride as a passenger on an ATV that was improperly maintained, improperly equipped for two riders, or had low tire pressure, they might also be responsible for the bad maintenance.
If you drove someone else’s ATV, their maintenance errors or failure to make sure you can safely operate the vehicle could be the source of their fault in the case. If you rent or borrow an ATV, you expect to get it in good working condition. If it is not, and you suffer injuries because of its condition, you may be able to sue the owner. If you borrow an ATV, the owner should also ensure that you know what you are doing before you drive it. Inexperienced drivers are responsible for many ATV accidents and injuries, and it is negligent to let someone drive an ATV without first checking if they know how to operate it or at least giving them a demonstration on how to use it.
You may also be able to file a claim against the driver of an ATV if they cause an accident on the street. ATVs are not street-ready vehicles, so any accident they cause while driving on the roads should be the ATV driver’s fault, whether you were injured as a passenger on the ATV or the driver of another vehicle on the street.
Damages for a Four-Wheeler Accident in Texas
When you sue after being injured in an accident, the goal is to get compensation for the harms that you suffered. If you faced expensive medical bills, missed work, and serious pain and suffering because of your injury, these harms and other damages that you faced should all be compensated in court.
The medical expenses you faced would never have occurred if it were not for the defendant’s negligence, so they should be made to pay your costs. This includes the cost of emergency transportation in an ambulance, surgeries, X-Rays, MRIs, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any other procedures or care you need because of your injuries. You should also be able to seek compensation for ongoing care from paralysis, brain injuries, and other serious injuries.
If you missed work because of your injuries, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages. The wages you miss during your recovery period should be paid in full if the accident was someone else’s fault. Moreover, if you cannot go back to work or take a lower-paying job, your reduced earning capacity should also be compensated.
The physical pain and mental suffering of the injury are separate from the medical bills you face. These pain and suffering damages should be compensated as well and may become one of the most substantial damages you receive compensation for in your case.
Call Our Dallas ATV Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
To learn more about what your case might be worth and how to begin filing a lawsuit for your ATV injuries, contact The Queenan Law Firm today. Talk to our Dallas ATV accident lawyers before accepting any money for your case, and act quickly because you might have a limited time to file your injury case. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact our law offices today at (817) 476-1797.