What is My ATV Accident Worth?
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are very popular today. These vehicles are often used by young and old alike for recreational purposes. Unfortunately, these vehicles can lead to serious and even fatal injuries when an accident occurs. In 2014, there were an estimated 93,000 injury ATV accidents and 385 deaths. Because these vehicles don't have the same protection as a car, the injuries caused in an ATV accident are usually serious. If you or a family member has been injured and are wondering what your ATV accident is worth, speak to a New York City ATV accident lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance. Our lawyers have won over 200 cases each for over $1 million dollars ($1,000,000) and have received verdicts and settlement for our clients of over one half billion dollars ($500,000,000).
There are many factors to consider when figuring out what an ATV accident case is worth. These considerations can range from who was at fault for the accident, the amount of medical bills, and insurance coverage.Compensable Damages
Compensable damages are the most common form of damages. Their purpose is to compensate the accident victim for what they have lost.
The most common question our office receives in these instances is "what is my ATV accident worth?" In considering the value of an ATV accident case, the following elements need to be considered.
Medical Bills: If you have been injured in an ATV accident, you likely have significant medical bills. Because of the unprotected nature of these vehicles, injuries can range from back injuries, to head injuries and broken bones. A court award or settlement will include reimbursement for your current medical expenses, as well as any medical bills you incur in the future. You may have the need for instance, for future corrective surgeries, physical therapy or other ongoing medical treatments.
Pain and Suffering: An injured party can be awarded for pain and suffering. This is a very subjective thing, as it is virtually impossible to quantify another person's pain. So, it is important that you consult with a ATV accident lawyer familiar with New York City case law to determine an appropriate amount. They will consider your injuries and current medical bills, as well as the loss of quality of life. If you were an avid tennis player for instance, and now you will never be able to hold a tennis racket, you have lost quality of life and need to be compensated accordingly.
Insurance Coverage: Insurance coverage is an important component to any injury case. Every insurance company handles their claims differently. Also, policy limits are a critical factor in an injury case. If the policy limits are $500,000 for instance, it will be difficult to get an award for a higher amount. However, your lawyer will work to explore whether there are other avenues available to obtain compensation, such as the existence of an umbrella policy.
While every case is unique, some recent personal injury awards and settlements have included:
Kings County, NY $4,000,000 Verdict: Driver was making a right-hand turn and hit plaintiff while she crossed the street.
Suffolk, NY $2,100,000 Verdict: Plaintiff was struck on a bicycle by negligent driver.
Kings County, NY $2,225,00 Verdict: A bus vs. pedestrian collision leaves the plaintiff seriously injured.
What is your ATV accident worth? Contact a New York City bike accident lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for more information and a free consultation. You may be unable to work and support your family, all the while medical bills are mounting. As time passes valuable evidence could be lost, and witnesses memories fade. The quicker you act, the sooner our firm will be able to obtain your medical records, accident reports, photographs, and interview witnesses. With all the facts gathered, we can develop a strategy moving forward to get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Call Stephen Bilkis and Associates at 800.696.9529 for a free consultation. We have bike accident lawyers ready to speak with you in all of our New York City locations including, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. We also have offices Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.