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1) Off Road Vehicle Accident
After an off road accident in which someone is seriously injured, there really has to be a focus on a number of different areas. The first thing someone needs to think about is – and this is obvious in terms of all the different areas – what actually happened. How did the accident happen? Really go through the mechanics of what happened and whether or not the terrain that the person was riding on at the time might have contributed to the accident. Maybe something on the actual ATV caused or contributed to the accident. Sometimes there’s things that the landowner does that causes or contributes to the accident. There has to be a very good initial investigation as to the root causes of the accident.
Having said that, there are a number of different avenues that need to be explored. For example, in terms of the landowner, there have been cases where people put up wires across roadways to keep people from trespassing or to keep people out without having it marked No Trespassing. There have been cases where individuals were riding ATVs, motorcycles and those types of vehicles, and actually had been close lined, if you will, because those wires are not visible to the eye. There could be problems caused by the landowner contributing or causing the accident.
There could be problems with the bike itself, the ATV vehicle itself. There could be mechanical problems. Then there are issues of whose ATV was it? Did they know about these problems? Should they have known about these problems? Was the vehicle recently repaired? Were the repairs done properly? There may be problems with both the owner of the ATV, those people that have recently repaired the ATV. There may be problems with the ATV as it was built and came from the manufacturer, what we call product liability claim.
There are a number of different areas that need to be explored when we see off road ATV-type accidents. There are a number of different areas, and if you have someone significantly injured in an ATV accident, you need to get to an attorney who’s well-versed in all aspects to include the product liability aspects that might be involved in an ATV accident and significant injury.
- The first thing you need to when getting in an off road vehicle accident is try to pinpoint what caused the incident
- Try to figure out if there was problem with the bike or the land you were riding on
- Next you will want to contact a lawyer to see if you might have a case
2) Motorcycle Accident Compensation
If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in the state of Florida, you can receive compensation for all of your damages. There are different kinds of damages for different injuries. There is bodily injury, as well as mental injuries. Motorcycle accidents are generally very serious. We have a couple of clients right now who also have psychological injury. You can receive compensation for your lost earnings if you’re out of work for an extensive period of time. You can receive what’s called consortium damages. If you have children and can’t take care of them and can’t pick them up, those are damages that you can also recover for in your lawsuit.
3) Hazardous Road Motorcycle Accident
We’ve had a couple of clients in the past five years who have sustained injuries because the road was not properly maintained. In the example with our client, the road wasn’t maintained and it was allowed to build up furrows or indentation marks that retained water, so that when it rained it made it more difficult for a driver to stop. In those circumstances, you have a cause of action against the county or the government. There are limitations in damages that you can recover from the county, and also the driver has to be observant of those conditions on the roadway and take appropriate action for them.
4) Run Off the Road Motorcycle Accident
Recently, someone contacted us because they were forced off the road by a driver who wasn’t paying attention. They came from behind and almost came right up onto the driver, so our client moved off the road, and doing so caused injuries. If not for the actions of the driver who forced them off the road, our client would never have been injured. In that scenario, it’s certainly permissible to bring a claim against the driver who forced you off the road.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about our 4 motorcycle accident tips? Contact a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer at Morgenstern and Herd today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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