Long Beach ATV Accident Attorney
Interest in riding all-terrain vehicles, more commonly known as ATVs or four-wheelers, has increased as a popular recreation option. Along with that, California has seen more ATV accident-related injuries and deaths in the months of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether it is an individual or multiple parties, those who disregard ATV safety put you at serious risk for an accident.
If you were injured in an ATV accident that was not your fault, contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV immediately. Attorney Joseph H. Low IV will work to track down and hold accountable all at-fault parties in the aftermath of your ATV injury accident. What you suffered may affect the rest of your life, and those who caused you harm may try to pin their reckless behavior on you to avoid accountability.
Call the firm today at (562) 901-0840 and toll-free at (888) 454-5569 to get a free consultation with a California ATV accident attorney to sort out your accident and to find out what it will take to get the full compensation you deserve.
ATVs fall under the category of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs), which also include dirt bikes, snow mobiles, and golf carts among others. California rules for OHV use detail registration process, driving penalties, proper vehicle condition, designated driving areas, and more. Very specific rules apply to operating an all-terrain vehicle.
- ATV safety certification requirements for adults supervising children
- Restrictions for operators under the age of 18
- ATV violation penalties for parents and guardians
- ATV safety helmets for all riders
- A limit of one person per vehicle
To legally operate an off-highway vehicle, operators must be able to reach all controls and must obey all off-highway speed limits. They are subject to a 15 mph speed limit within 50 feet of campsites, animals, or people. Operators do not need to have a driver’s license, but they can face penalties if they are driving one while their license is suspended or revoked.
Given the unpredictability of driving over rough terrain, injuries associated with ATV accidents can potentially be traumatic and deadly. An ATV accident can cause a person to be ejected from or trapped under a vehicle. Rollovers due to a shift in vehicle weight and collisions with other ATVs, vehicles, and people can also occur.
Some of the resulting injuries can include:
- Head and neck trauma
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Limb loss
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve injury
- Spinal cord injury
Even when exercising appropriate ATV safety precautions, you can still be in the path of someone else acting irresponsibly. Whether they lack the proper all-terrain vehicle safety training or are disregarding use requirements, not taking reasonable steps to avoid injury to you makes them liable for causing your accident. Where the crash happened will also be considered because certain laws apply to riding on OHV trails in California.
Those who share responsibility for your injuries might include:
- Manufacturers of a defective ATV vehicle and parts
- An ATV owner who allowed an irresponsible operator to drive
- Parents or guardians who illegally allowed children to power an ATV
- An intoxicated ATV driver
After you receive necessary medical treatment, it is urgent to contact a California ATV accident attorney who will look at every aspect of your incident to determine the extent of other’s responsibility. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV will hold any at-fault parties accountable, pursuing full and rightful compensation in court if necessary. Compensation for catastrophic injuries related to an ATV accident includes:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income due to an inability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical expenses and therapy
- Any loss of future earnings
Call the firm today at (562) 901-0840 and toll-free (888) 454-5569 to schedule a free consultation with a Long Beach personal injury lawyer.