With Albertans gearing up for plenty of fun in the great outdoors during the warm weather season, it’s essential to know how to protect yourself if you’re injured in an ATV or recreational vehicle accident. As a beloved pastime that offers plenty of thrills (and, unfortunately, lots of room for dangerous spills), off-roading and hoping on a quad can be a great way to have fun but also presents a significant risk of injury.
If you’re hurt while riding due to somebody else’s negligence, James H. Brown and Associates are here to defend your right to fair compensation. We believe that Albertans deserve access to the funds they need to recover with peace of mind and the ability to pursue the healthcare they need with ease. With over 30 years of award-winning practice in Edmonton, Calgary, and all throughout the province, we’re here to help you and your loved ones get represented correctly. Continue reading to find out more!
Why Are Recreational Vehicles So Dangerous?
As we’ve mentioned above, there’s no denying that hitting the trails is a favourite Albertan activity, but there’s also no ignoring the significantly alarming stats surrounding ATV injuries province-wide. While riders can lower their risk of injury by observing safety practices like riding within their limits, not using excessive speed, wearing protective gear, and more, it’s crucial to be aware that the risk of a long-term injury will always be present when you operate a powered vehicle. From the lack of seatbelts and airbags to terrain differences from maintained roads, while operating your vehicle, there are several factors that drivers need to be prepared for; but with the right measures in place, you can lower your risk significantly and create a relatively safe environment.
In the event that you are injured, even with your best efforts and protocols in place, it is crucial to know what to do following an ATV accident.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured
If you or someone you love experiences an ATV accident that results in any kind of injury, get medical help immediately–even if you feel “fine.” ATV accidents can be extremely dangerous, and even if you exhibit no immediate concerning symptoms, you should always put your health first. Remember: not all injuries are apparent immediately; severe long-term injuries like spinal cord injuries (SCI) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can take days or even weeks to appear. The sooner you are medically evaluated, the better your chances are for an accurate diagnosis and an optimized recovery, as well as the stronger your case for fair compensation.
It is also vital to remember that you should continue to document your injuries, as well as any expenses or further significant inconveniences that you amass during recovery. Seek continued medical care as advised/necessary, and keep a thorough record of everything advised, recommended, and prescribed by any and all health professionals involved with your recovery. The more diligent you are with your documentation, the stronger your case for compensation will be should you need to defend yourself legally.
Who Can Help Me Defend Myself?
Navigating the healthcare, as well as the legal side of the medical system alone while recovering is an almost impossible feat for most Albertans. Knowing who you can trust to defend your right to just compensation and guide you through the realities of the medical-legal system is essential to securing the funds you need to recover fully. Once you’ve received a medical assessment, contact a trusted firm like James H. Brown and Associates to begin your journey toward the compensation you deserve.
James H. Brown and Associates is Here to Help
At James H. Brown and Associates, we know that no two accidents are the same, and believe that recovery shouldn’t be difficult to pursue for injured Albertans. Our team brings several decades of award-winning, precedent-setting experience to the table and offers our clients the benefits of over 250 years of combined personal injury experience and a proven track record of success. With access to leading medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, vocational specialists, and a wide network of community supports for clients, we have the right connection to help you receive the proper care to recover. When you partner with James H. Brown and Associates, you gain the peace of mind of knowing that we’ll always fight for you, and we’ll be there to help you face the road to recovery with legal confidence.
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