Grand Junction ATV and Off-Roading Accident Attorneys
Off-roading is a popular activity in the Grand Junction area. ATVs are fun to operate and enjoyed by both adults and children. However, ATVs can be hazardous when operated recklessly, or driven under certain conditions. Many people rely on ATVs for more than recreation, using them for work, transport, or to reach remote areas of a property. Sadly, these vehicles are often involved in serious accidents, leaving families devastated by a tragic loss. An injured family member could need ongoing medical care for months, years, or longer.
If you or someone you love was injured in an ATV accident that was not your fault, do not hesitate to contact Peters & Nolan, LLC. We have more than 15 years of experience investigating serious injuries throughout the Grand Junction area. We can dig into the details of your ATV accident, determine who is responsible for your injuries, and advocate for full compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to get a free case evaluation.
Off-road vehicles can be exceptionally dangerous under certain conditions. Four-wheel-drive trucks, SUVs, UTVs, and ATVs can tip over on rough terrains such as steep inclines, sand, large rocks, creeks, or any other type of obstruction. In such cases, the risk of being crushed in a rollover or being ejected from the vehicle is high.
A young person operating an ATV is typically inexperienced, less concerned with safety, and more likely to make a serious error. ATVs and UTVs are much less stable than a regular vehicle and can easily flip when operated unsafely. When the vehicle is out of control and rolls over, the driver and passengers may be thrown from the vehicle or extend an arm or leg to try to regain control, leading to broken bones, sometimes so extreme that the only option is amputation.
Besides being required to wear helmets, ATV riders have little protection. Even if a helmet prevents a head injury, the rider still has a high risk of spinal cord damage if the vehicle rolls over or the rider is thrown off. In addition, the higher the speed an ATV is traveling at, the higher the risk of a fatal injury to a rider or pedestrian it strikes.
The types of injuries most common in these accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones, including skull, arms, legs, hands, and feet
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Crush injuries
- Fatal injuries
After an off-road vehicle accident that causes serious injuries, the victim must prove that someone else was negligent. This is a critical aspect of a successful claim. You may have been a passenger riding with a friend or family member, a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle, or otherwise involved in an accident with an off-road vehicle owned by someone other than you.
Whatever your situation, if you or a loved one sustained a serious injury, get help from an ATV accident lawyer, who can help you identify the liable party. The liable party could be the vehicle owner, operator, or in some cases, a manufacturer or parts manufacturer. Every case has unique circumstances, but one factor holds true – you need an attorney to assist you in pursuing full compensation.
- Economic damages: This part of a settlement or jury award covers the cost of medical care, lost wages, lost earning capacity, medications, rehabilitation, and all other hard costs associated with the accident.
- Non-economic damages: These are the more personal losses associated with the accident, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and emotional anguish.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, punitive damages can be pursued. These are damages that juries can award when the person to blame engaged in “willful and wanton conduct.” These damages, which are referred to as “exemplary damages” in Colorado, are intended to punish a person who engaged in actions he or she knew were dangerous, without regard for the consequences or for the safety of others.
Every case has a different value, based on how it happened and the injuries the victim sustained. The types of compensation you can seek may include:
If a loved one was killed, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the family.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our legal team is known as one of the premier personal injury firms practicing in the Grand Junction area. We take on ATV and off-road vehicle cases on a contingency-fee basis –no legal fees for us unless we successfully achieve a settlement or jury verdict for you. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to get a free case evaluation from a Grand Junction personal injury lawyer.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.