Riding off-highway vehicles (OHV), including ATVs, is a lot of fun, but it is also dangerous. Harlingen does not have many OHV trails right in the city, but you can find some trails nearby, including Harlingen Thicket. You can meet up with other off-roaders for a day of fun. One of the rules of trail-riding is to never go by yourself. You never know when something might happen, especially if you find a difficult trail with rock gardens, waterfalls, and other obstacles.
If you suffered an ATV accident, contact Kenny Perez Law for a free case evaluation.
Why Hire Kenny Perez Law
Our firm handles several types of personal injury cases, including off-road vehicle accidents. Kenny can count many years of experience, including when he worked for the District Attorney’s office while in law school. He knows the insurance companies, roads, trails, and other factors that could affect a case. He has many successful cases under his belt and works hard to get his clients the compensation they deserve.
Some of Kenny’s results include a $1 million 18-wheeler settlement, a $75,000 settlement for a slip and fall case, and a $350,000 settlement for a T-bone accident case. He has also worked on many other types of personal injury cases, including ATV cases. While we can’t guarantee a specific result, contact Kenny Perez Law today to get started on your case.
Off-highway trails are usually for Jeeps, ATVs, UTVs, and other off-road vehicles. Sometimes the trails allow dirt bikes, horses, and even hikers. Trails range from easy to severe in difficulty. The more severe they are, the more obstacles they have. You might have to climb steep hills and navigate rock gardens if you are in the mountains. Sometimes, you have to climb waterfalls, squeeze between boulders, ride through the sand, forest, scrub brush, and navigate all sorts of obstacles.
It is easy to get hurt while you are four-wheeling, especially if you are climbing rocks. It is easy enough to flip your ATV and slide down a steep hill. Even easy trails could pose dangers such as strong winds or dust storms.
ATV Training and Safety Equipment
When you head out to the trails, you may lack training, other than what you get from practice or your friends. Even at regulated parks, you probably do not receive formal training, especially if you bring your own bike.
Wear the appropriate safety equipment, including helmets, long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots. If you do take a spill, you will suffer fewer abrasive injuries. A helmet could help keep you from suffering a traumatic brain injury, but you still have no protection against broken bones, internal injuries, scrapes, cuts, bruises, strains, sprains, and other injuries.
Trails and Trail Maintenance
If you find an outdoor recreation park that allows ATVs, the trails are most likely maintained. However, if you head out to the more exciting trails, you will find that most are not maintained. They are more fun if rangers allow the trails to get all rutted up or leave rock slides in place so you can climb them.
ATV Accident Injuries
If you crash your ATV, you have no protection other than your personal protective equipment, such as your helmet and gloves. This often leads the way to people suffering severe or even catastrophic injuries.
You could suffer any injury, from minor cuts and scrapes to back and spinal cord injuries. Injuries include traumatic brain injuries, face and eye injuries, broken bones, crushed bones, spinal cord injuries, head, neck and shoulder injuries, and internal injuries.
ATV Accident FAQs
Who Is Responsible for an ATV Accident?
It depends on what caused the accident. If a faulty vehicle caused the wreck, you might be able to recover damages from the manufacturer. If you rented an ATV, you could recover damages from the rental company if it did not keep the vehicle properly maintained.
Do I Have Grounds to File a Lawsuit?
ATV accident cases are complex. You should always contact an ATV accident attorney to help you determine whether you have grounds to file an ATV lawsuit. Additionally, if an ATV wreck causes the death of a loved one, you might have a valid wrongful death case.
How Long Do I Have to File an ATV Accident Lawsuit?
Personal injury cases, including ATV accident cases, have a two-year statute of limitations. However, insurance companies usually require notification of a claim within a much shorter timeframe—often as little as 30 days.
How Much Money Can I Recover for Damages?
It depends on the extent of your injuries. If doctors expect your injuries to cause long-term or permanent disabilities, you could recover more compensation than someone who has injuries that will heal in a matter of weeks or a few months.
Most people can recover medical expenses, lost wages, replacement of destroyed personal property, and in the case of the death of a loved one, funeral and burial expenses.
Those with long-term or permanent disabilities due to ATV accident injuries could recover pain and suffering and other losses.
Contact a Harlingen ATV Accident Attorney
Kenny Perez Law
513 E Jackson Ave # 304,
Harlingen, TX 78550
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