ATV Accident Lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina
Recovering Damages for Injured Victims
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are relatively safe when operated by qualified drivers who know what they’re doing. Unfortunately, ATVs can be dangerous when used recklessly or negligently. The injuries from an ATV accident can be substantial, causing long-term symptoms that impact victims for the rest of their lives.
If you have been in an ATV accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries and other expenses. Medical bills, property repair costs, and lost wages can all add up quickly, turning your accident into thousands of dollars of debt. The party at fault for your accident is liable and owes you payment for your expenses.
At Armada Law, we understand how overwhelming it can be to get into an accident and accrue all these bills suddenly. That’s why we are dedicated to advocating for our clients and getting them the compensation they deserve. Please don’t feel like you must navigate this difficult situation on your own. For a free consultation, reach out to our team today at (864) 633-3739.
What Are the Most Common Injuries After an ATV Accident?
ATV accident victims may fall or be thrown from an ATV. These accidents can result in severe injuries that change your life permanently. In particular, head and neck injuries often cause long-lasting symptoms that can even be fatal.
The most common injuries victims suffer after an ATV accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Fractured bones
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
After an accident, seek medical treatment immediately. Serious injuries like these are life-threatening. If you pay for any hospital stays or emergency treatments out of pocket, keep a record of those expenses. You may be able to claim them in your lawsuit later.
Some injuries cause long-term symptoms that require medical treatments now and in the future. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury that requires rehabilitation, physical therapy, or other long-term options, our team can help you seek compensation for future medical costs as well as current medical bills. Contact an attorney on our team for more information.
What Are the Most Common Causes of ATV Accidents?
There are many factors that contribute to ATV accidents, and many of them have to do with careless or negligent drivers. Unfortunately, driving dangerously can lead to a serious accident.
Below are the most common causes of ATV accidents:
- Careless operation
- Operating the ATV at an unsafe speed
- An inexperienced driver at the wheel
- A child operating an adult ATV
- No safety equipment
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving on paved roads or busy streets
- Malfunctioning ATV parts or a defective design
- Having too many riders on the ATV at once
Who is Not Permitted to Ride an ATV in South Carolina?
Many ATV accidents happen due to an inexperienced driver operating the vehicle. South Carolina has strict rules about who can operate an ATV. If you were injured by an individual who is not allowed to operate an ATV, you can sue them for damages. ATV drivers are not allowed to operate vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Any drivers under the age of 16 must follow these regulations:
- Drivers must possess a safety certificate from the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute
- Drivers must wear a safety helmet and eye protection
- Drivers must not violate the manufacturer’s Age Restriction Warning Label
- Drivers cannot carry a passenger
- Drivers must be accompanied by an adult
Children who drive ATVs must also be driving a vehicle appropriate for their size. Child riders who drive adult ATVs have a higher chance of getting into an accident and injuring others.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Seek After an ATV Accident?
In most personal injury cases, you can seek damages for any expenses you accrued as a direct result of your accident. This includes economic and non-economic damages.
You may be able to seek the following items after an ATV accident:
Medical bills include hospital visits, emergency room treatments, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and more. If you have long-term injuries that require long-term care, our team can also request compensation on your behalf for long-term medical costs, like at-home care.
Property Damage Repairs
Your personal ATV may have been damaged in the accident. You can ask the liable party to pay for any of your property repairs that happened as a result of the crash.
You may have had to miss work due to your injuries from the accident. We can help you seek compensation for any wages you would have made had it not been for the accident.
Lost Earning Potential
If your injuries will prevent you from earning as much as you could have before the accident, our team can help you seek compensation. For instance, if you work a manual labor job but are unable to do so because of your long-term injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
How Can a Greenville ATV Accident Attorney Help Me?
Getting into an accident is a frightening experience. After you have gotten medical treatment and stabilized, you may now be worried about your medical bills and other various expenses. If you were in an accident due to someone else’s negligent behavior, you deserve compensation for your injuries, emotional distress, and property damage.
Our team at Armada Law has years of experience representing clients and recovering compensation on their behalf. We would be happy to assist you with your accident case, handling everything from filing the claim to representing you in court. For more information about our services and how we can help you, call our office at (864) 633-3739.