Adventuring out and about on an ATV is a fantastic way to experience the great outdoors; they’re also incredibly versatile equipment for farmers and ranchers. However, like any vehicle, ATVs pose several potential risks to operators. ATV accidents are all too common, especially on private properties.
At James H. Brown and Associates, our team of personal injury lawyers has assisted numerous ATV accident victims in their fight for fair compensation. Below we’ll tell you more about the risks associated with and what to do if you or a loved one are injured in an ATV accident. Keep reading to find out how James H. Brown and Associates can help you.
The Risks Associated with ATV Accidents
ATVs are a great way to have fun and scratch that adventure itch. But despite their utility, ATVs do come with some significant risks. ATV accidents are known for causing serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even death. The lack of protection and the nature of their typical terrain significantly increases the risk of serious and life-altering injuries. This is why it is important to carefully follow the operator’s manual, wear the proper protective gear, and never operate an ATV while under the influence. Unfortunately, ATV accidents can still occur, despite all of the right precautions put in place. If you or a loved one is injured in an ATV accident, James H. Brown and Associates is on your side.
What to Do After an ATV Accident
Being prepared is essential. Aside from routine maintenance, wearing the right gear, and following best practices, you should know what to do if you or a loved one is in an ATV accident. Below are the steps you should take after an ATV accident:
Get Medical Attention
Just as you would after a car accident, the first step you must take after an ATV accident is to seek medical attention. Even if the accident was minor or your injuries don’t appear that serious, it’s critical that you get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to detect any potential internal injuries and treat them right away. As such, make sure to describe your injuries in detail to your doctor. After your appointment, follow up with any prescribed next steps like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. These additional steps are vital for both your recovery and proving the ATV accident caused your injuries.
Regardless of the injuries you or your loved one may be facing, documentation will be critical in securing complete and fair compensation. The more information you collect immediately following your ATV accident, the stronger your personal injury case will be. Document the details of the accident, take photos of the scene, and collect witness statements. If another party was involved, be sure to get their contact and insurance information. At James H. Brown and Associates, we recommend that you maintain a journal of all your injuries, appointments and other details related to the accident. Keep your receipts, track how the accident has impacted your work, and document doctor’s appointments. No detail is too minor.
Get Started on Your ATV Accident Claim
If you or a loved one is injured in an ATV accident, one of your first steps should be to reach out to the personal injury lawyers at James H. Brown and Associates as soon as possible. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner our team can assist you in navigating your personal injury claim. Insurance companies will likely attempt to contact you after your ATV accident to obtain a statement: never give this statement before speaking with one of our personal injury lawyers. Insurance companies will attempt to use information from your statement to avoid paying you fair compensation. You are not obligated to give a statement to the other party’s insurance company without first speaking to a lawyer. Once you reach out to James H. Brown and Associates, we will help you build a solid case to attain the compensation you need to move on from your accident.
Ready to Get Started with James H. Brown and Associates?
ATV accidents can be severe, and recreational vehicle laws in Alberta are complicated. Many factors can influence the outcome of your settlement; but with the support of an experienced, award-winning personal injury law firm like James H. Brown and Associates, you can be compensated for your injuries. Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has been committed to standing up for victims’ rights and ensuring they receive the compensation they require to focus on their recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. Let James H. Brown and Associates assist you in fighting for your rights and getting the compensation you deserve.