OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Severe weather conditions, driver error – most commonly the result of inexperience – reckless or distracted driving and unfamiliar terrain, account for many of the injuries that are caused while operating an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV. The dangers associated with these motorized vehicles are severe and should be treated as such with the use of preventative measures including helmets, appropriate safety gear and operating instructions. However, even these are not always adequate to safeguard against possible injury. Unfortunately, victims of ATV accidents may suffer serious impact to their livelihood, often as a result of sustained life-long injuries, discomfort and pain.
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- Children and teens who are operating an ATV vehicle should be under constant supervision and be made aware of parameters for operation. Most ATV accidents occur with children and young adults.
- Adults may be held liable if injury to the child occurred due to their lack of responsibility to ensure the safety of a child.
- Ensure that the ATV is appropriate for the size of the rider – this is especially important for young riders.
- Anyone operating an ATV should have completed safety training.
- Wear the proper safety equipment. In the face of danger these preemptive measures can save your life and livelihood.
- Maintain your motorized vehicle and inspect it regularly.
- Do not ride alone. Groups of two or more are able to scan for unexpected hazards more easily and have quicker reaction time in the face of an accident.
- Do not operate motor vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Only ride on designated trails.
AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACCIDENT CAN ENTITLE YOU TO CLAIMS FOR:
- PERSONAL INJURIES
- PRESCRIPTION COSTS
- LOSS OF EARNINGS
- PROPERTY DAMAGE
- REHABILITATION COSTS
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
While your hospital and doctor’s visits are covered by OHIP in Ontario, there are many aspects of your recovery which are not, such as housekeeping and maintenance, medication and your loss of income. You are likely entitled to more than what your insurance company is offering for your compensation – do not settle. Talk to our experienced and knowledgeable injury lawyers to ensure that you are getting the compensation that you deserve.