Long Island ATV Accident
Historically ATVs were used as work vehicles on farms. They were designed for adults to use on the rough and uneven terrain on fields and other unpaved private property. Over the last 40 years ATVs have become popular recreational vehicles that are often used by teens and children. In fact, many people view them as toys. But ATVs are not toys. They are dangerous vehicles just like cars and motorcycles. Each year there are nearly 100,000 ATV-related injuries and over 200 deaths. One of the most common injuries is a traumatic brain injury. Other common injuries include bone fractures, back injuries and neck injuries. Many victims who are injured or killed are children. While there are many possible causes of ATV accidents, most occur because someone other than the victim was negligent. In other words most ATV accidents were completely avoidable. If you need to speak to a Long Island personal injury lawyer because you were injured in an ATV accident because another person was negligent, it is important that you immediately contact a Long Island ATV accident attorney who will explain your options for pursuing a personal injury claim in order to receive compensation for your losses.Danger of ATVs
ATVs are dangerous because they offer riders little protection. While some do have seatbelts, they are open air, meaning that they do not have roofs or sides to protect drivers and passengers. In fact, some ATVs are very similar to motorcycles, except they have 3 or 4 wheels. There are several reasons that ATVs are dangerous:
- High center of gravity. Like SUVs, ATVs have high centers of gravity. This means that they have a propensity to rollover. This also means that victims are more likely to suffer serious injuries.
- Designed to travel on rough terrain. ATVs are generally not allowed to be driven on public roads. They are most often driven on rough, unpaved terrain. Thus, it is more likely for drivers to lose control of the vehicles, or rollover.
- Lack of safety features. Because ATVs are open air and have no roll bars or safety cages, when they tip over riders are thrown. While some have safety belts, many do not.
ATV accidents can result in serious physical injuries that include: back injury, brain injury, burn injury, broken collar bone, amputation and spinal cord injury. Of the serious personal injuries caused as a result of ATV accidents, statistics have shown that approximately 75% cause severe damage to the head, neck and spine, often resulting in long term disability or paralysis. Because so many ATV accidents involve head injuries, it is not surprising that many victims do not survive, and many injuries are permanent.Pursuing a personal injury claim
Whether you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or ATV accident it the accident was caused by another person, under New York law you have the right to hold that person accountable through a personal injury claim. This means that the negligent person who caused the accident will be ordered to pay you damages for the losses you suffered, including your medical expenses, your lost income for your job or from self-employment, and your pain and suffering. If a loved one is killed in an ATV accident then the victim’s personal representative has the right to file a wrongful death claim and demand compensation.Long Island ATV accident lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from ATV accidents as well car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.