Driving around on all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles is something many people enjoy. For the warmer months, taking a ride through the dirt roads on an ATV is an exhilarating outdoor activity. Cruising through the snow on a snowmobile offers a more chilly but similar kind of fun as well.
However, injuries can easily occur when riding these because they are large vehicles that can reach high speeds. Many riders will ride them on terrain that is too rough or drive them recklessly and this has led to many personal injury claims over the years.
The laws surrounding these vehicles are different from cars though and the laws around personal injury using these are different as well.
Common ATV And Snowmobile Accident Injuries
It is no secret that these vehicles can cause injury but as to what kinds of injuries they can cause there is a bit more specificity. Many of these are similar to injuries you can receive in car accidents but it is important to take note of any of these if you are involved in an ATV or snowmobile accident.
List of Common ATV/Snowmobile Injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Chest injury
- Traumatic asphyxia
- Fractured or broken bones
- Internal injuries
These injuries constitute mostly bodily injuries from the impact of the accident itself. However, for snowmobile users in particular, they often get trapped out in the cold and could experience frostbite or hypothermia which requires immediate medical attention.
Different Types Of ATV and Snowmobile Accidents
There are many types of accidents that can happen when riding an ATV or snowmobile and most are judged as being at fault or no fault much like car accidents are judged.
ATV/Snowmobile Accidents Where You Could Make A Claim For Compensation
- If injury is caused by another ATV, snowmobile, or car driver’s negligence
- If you are injured as a passenger on an ATV or snowmobile driven by a negligent driver
- If injury is caused by a snowmobile or ATV that was not maintained properly
- If you are injured because of a defect in the ATV or snowmobile
All of these accidents can easily occur when operating an ATV or snowmobile. For those that are planning to drive an ATV or snowmobile, they should ensure that it has been properly maintained and that they have the proper documentation necessary to ride one in their state.
Liability In Snowmobile And ATV Accidents
Liability in these kinds of accidents will depend on the cause and who all was involved. It is important to keep this in mind if you experience an injury riding one of these vehicles because you could get compensation for any medical bills and missed income.
For rider vs. rider, motor vehicle collisions, and accidents where a passenger is injured, typically driver or rider negligence is the determining factor in personal injury cases. Figuring out who the negligence falls on will play an integral role in receiving any injury compensation.
Also, if you were the only person involved in an ATV or snowmobile accident, it could be the fault of a faulty vehicle. This will fall on the company that produced or rented you the vehicle and you will be able to get injury compensation if it is discovered that you were provided an ATV or snowmobile that could not properly operate.
Lack of provided safety warnings or operational instructions can also be used as a claim where the rental company or company that produced the vehicle can be liable for your injuries as well.
Proving Liability And Receiving Compensation For Injuries
In a perfect world the driver who was negligent and caused your injuries admits fault and is able to pay for the finances you lost because of your injury. However, this is almost never the case for a number of different reasons.
First off, even if a negligent driver is proven liable, if the vehicle is not insured properly you will have to talk to your own insurance company about what kind of compensation you can receive. If you are a passenger, be sure to ask if the ATV or snowmobile is insured if you are ever unsure. For those that are injured in a rider vs. rider accidents with an uninsured vehicle, there are other routes you can take to get compensation.
Also, in the event of an accident where you are injured, you will need to prove driver negligence. If possible, it is important to gather up as much evidence from the scene of the accident as you can and present it to a personal injury lawyer who can prove who is liable for your injuries. Any witnesses of the accident should be contacted as well to get a full description of what happened during the accident.
ATV and snowmobile accidents can be difficult to prove liability because of their rarity and there is not a well-documented way to report these accidents from a police standpoint. However, with enough details and evidence from the scene, it is possible to prove liability on the driver or the vehicle itself for your personal injuries.
Contact Trusted Lawyers for Snowmobile And ATV Injuries
It is crucial to put snowmobile and ATV injury claims in the hands of seasoned legal experts that can get you the compensation that you need to pay for your medical bills and make up for the time you lost at work while dealing with your injuries.
Luckily, Law Leaders is a legal organization that is always available to help you with your ATV or snowmobile injury claims. You will find dedicated lawyers who are experts in this subject and can help clear up exactly what kind of compensation you can receive for your injuries.
Law Leaders is a large network of licensed attorneys that provides all kinds of injured Americans help with their legal issues surrounding their ATV or snowmobile injuries. They are all committed to helping you find the best outcome from your injury.
Contact the Law Leaders team today for more information!