ATV Accident Lawyers
ATV (or All Terrain Vehicles) are off-road vehicles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They usually have four wheels (although can have three) and are usually designed for a rider to sit astride like a motorcycle. ATVs are not meant for use on highways and are often found in the back country or for use in farmlands.
While ATVs are enjoyable to ride for people of all ages, like any motor vehicle they can come with their dangers too. Common accidents with ATVs include:
- Crashes with other motor vehicles
- Crashes with stationary objects
- Rollover accidents
- Accidents caused by substance abuse
- Accidents caused by unsafe riding practices
- Rider falling/tossed from ATV
- Accidents caused because ATV was not in proper working condition
ATV Accidents & Insurance
While ATVs are often not insured like cars and motorcycles, that does not mean that insurance cannot respond to claims for ATV accidents. It often depends on the specific circumstances of the accident.
If a third party causes the ATV accident, they may have motor vehicle insurance or homeowners umbrella insurance could respond to a claim for injury and related losses. If the ATV was rented or you are not the owner and the accident occurred because the ATV was not in proper working condition or because you were not given proper instruction on the safe use of the ATV there could also be insurance coverage in those situations as well.
Most people are not aware that in certain circumstances ATV accidents can fall outside of the British Columbia No Fault regimes for motor vehicle accidents, which means you can claim full compensation for your injuries and losses. Our experienced lawyers can examine your case and help determine if your claim meets the requirements to avoid the No Fault legislation.
There are strict timelines for when you have to start a lawsuit for ATV accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in an ATV accident, contact the experienced lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP today for a free consultation.
ATV Accidents & Compensation
Because the facts and circumstances surrounding each case are different, each case is unique and requires careful handling and expert examination. As some of the most experienced personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, we have over 30 years of experience handling all kinds of injuries ranging from minor whiplash cases to serious brain injuries. What each case is worth and what compensation you’re entitled to depends on the specific facts of the case. However, generally speaking in personal injury claims you can seek compensation (also called damages) for:
- Pain and suffering (or non-pecuniary damages)
- Past loss of Income
- Future loss of income
- Loss of capacity to earn income
- Loss of homemaking capacity
- Cost of future care
- Out of pocket medical expenses (or special damages)
- In-trust claims