ATV Accident Attorneys
Many people in Alabama enjoy being outdoors. One of the most popular outdoor hobbies is the use of recreational all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). But one accident can turn an enjoyable hobby into a nightmare.
The ATV accident lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have more than 40 years of experience helping injured clients, including ATV riders and their families.
If you have been hurt in an ATV accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or a defective product, the ATV accident lawyers can help you seek compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
ATVs Can Be Dangerous
Because of the popularity of ATVs, especially in Alabama, it is no surprise that they are the source of many injuries.
Over the last 40 years, more than 15,700 Americans died in ATV-related accidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, and an average of over 100,000 people per year suffer emergency department-treated injuries. If you or a family member has been injured or a loved one has been killed in an ATV accident, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced ATV accident attorney.
The Law Protects Injured Consumers
An ATV accident can have many horrible consequences:
Huge hospital bills
Lost wages from time away from work
Filing a lawsuit to recover these damages can be done under a number of legal theories, depending primarily on the circumstances of the accident. One possibility is to file a personal injury lawsuit alleging that the negligence of another person, like a fellow ATV rider, caused the accident and subsequent injury. If the cause of the accident was a defect in the ATV or one of its components (a tire, for example) an injured person could file a defective product case under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine (AEMLD). There are additional claims available to injured ATV riders, and an experienced ATV accident attorney can help you determine the best course of action for your particular case.
Because Alabama follows the rule of joint and several liability, if more than one person or entity shares culpability for your injury, any one defendant can be made to pay full damages. This means that if, for example, an ATV manufacturer and a tire manufacturer were both partly responsible for the injury, either or both could be made to pay the entire verdict.
There are two types of damages available to people who bring a lawsuit alleging an ATV injury.
Compensatory damages are designed to compensate people for their injury and the costs associated with it in cases of negligence or product liability.
Punitive damages are available in certain cases that warrant punishing the defendant. Family members who bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama on behalf of a deceased loved one are entitled only to punitive damages.
Remember that Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations for most lawsuits of this type, meaning that plaintiffs must file a lawsuit no later than two years from the date of the injury or the date of death. We can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.