Indiana ATV Accident Lawyers
ATV accident injuries can be very serious. With injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to paraplegia or even death, you need to know where to turn for experienced legal counsel to fight for compensation when your injuries were caused by the negligence (or worse) of someone else. For Indiana ATV accident lawyers with the skill to fight and win for you, call Keffer Hirschauer LLP.
All-terrain vehicles, better known as ATVs, four-wheelers, or quads, are a popular mode of transportation in Indiana, especially amongst teenagers and thrill seekers. A subcategory of “off-road vehicles” (ORVs), ATVs include dune buggies, side-by-side vehicles (SSVs), and also four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles such as pickups or jeeps.
Unfortunately, ATV accidents are relatively common and can often be attributed to driver error or negligent supervision. Moreover, ATV injuries in Indiana can lead to painful experiences making it difficult for you and your family especially when you do not have enough funds to cover your injury costs. Recovering from an ATV injury is a lengthy journey, because there are a lot of twists and turns until you reach a full recovery not just physically, but also in the legal process as well.
If you’ve been injured in an ATV accident, you need an Indiana ATV accident lawyer from Keffer Hirschauer LLP. With the deep litigation experience and a keen understanding of the causes of ATV accidents and the issues that arise in their cases, we fight to maximize our clients’ compensation.
How One of Our Indiana ATV Accident Lawyers Can Help You?
Regardless of how minor or major the ATV accident was, if you were injured, you could have significant expenses. Your costs could include be medical appointments, mechanics for ATV repairs, and even time off work for treatment or recovery. Even if you knew how the legal process works, this leaves no room for trying to handle the case yourself. An Indiana ATV accident lawyer at Keffer Hirschauer LLP can help save you the trouble and provide the benefit of significant experience, taking up the burden of handling your legal needs for you.
While you are focused on recovering, we can help build a case to fight for the maximum possible compensation for the ATV injuries you suffered. The amount of compensation you receive is shaped by multiple factors, including:
- What led to your ATV accident
- The nature of your injuries
- The cause of the accident
- The identity of the parties responsible
- Your current and future medical expenses for your injuries
- Your ATV repair or replacement costs
- The road conditions where you were riding
When you call Keffer Hirschauer LLP, you’re calling Indiana ATV accident lawyers who provide thorough legal advice and who will work with you every step of the way.
When Should You Contact an ATV Accident Lawyer?
If you suffered an ATV accident, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. Indiana law sets a deadline for filing a personal injury claim of this type. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases, as expressed in Indiana Code § 34-11-2-4, allows two years before the right to pursue is forfeited.
Moreover, your recollection of the events—and those of any witnesses—can fade over time. Other evidence is also more difficult to locate as time passes. Called early, an Indiana ATV accident attorney can help you protect your claim by gathering and preserving evidence as early as possible.
Potential Causes of ATV Injuries in Indiana
ATV riders suffer thousands of injuries every year, many involving minors. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that nearly 100,000 people sustain ATV-related injuries on a yearly basis. An estimated 26 percent of those collisions will involve children younger than 16 years old. These accidents can have a variety of causes, often attributable to someone other than the driver.
Certain circumstances can increase the risk of collision or the nature of the injuries sustained in an accident. Riding on pavement, for example, poses a particularly high risk to riders, as ATVs are specifically designed to be ridden off road. Furthermore, these vehicles have a high center of gravity and low-pressure tires, increasing the chance that they could tip over or cause drivers to lose control. And few ATVs are designed to carry more than one person at a time, so when a driver carries a passenger, it makes it even more difficult to control the vehicle. Passengers on the rear of the ATV can also throw off the vehicle’s balance, causing it to tip over.
One of the Indiana ATV laws, Indiana Code § 14-16-1-18, requires an ATV instructor or dealer not only to maintain the ATV before renting, leasing, or furnishing it to you but also to explain the operation of the ATV. Failure to do so could make the instructor or dealer liable to you for your ATV injuries. The law also sets other limitations on ATV riding, such as requiring reasonably safe speeds, prohibited the use of alcohol while driving, using headlights and taillights during certain hours, and prohibiting riding on frozen public waters.
You may have a claim against an ATV instructor or dealer that failed to cover the relevant aspects of Indiana ATV laws with you, resulting in your accident and injury. Similarly, you may have a claim against another driver of another vehicle if you were injured in a collision as a result of the other driver’s failure to compliant with Indiana ATV or traffic laws.
Regardless of the cause of your accident, our Indiana ATV accident lawyers can help you identify the parties responsible and create a strategy to maximize your potential recovery.
Types of ATV Injuries in Indiana That Can Affect You
ATV accident can result in many types of injuries. The results of ATV crashes can be serious, with many victims reporting head trauma and other severe injuries such as:
- Broken ribs
- Other broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Contusions and abrasions
- Puncture wounds
- Internal bleeding
You may be the safest ATV operator, but it only takes one accident to cause serious injury. In addition to being painful, some of these injuries can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to treat. Working with an experienced Indianapolis ATV accident attorney is your best bet to getting compensation for them.
Types of Questions Our Indiana ATV Accident Lawyers May Ask in a Consultation
We understand you may not be feeling well enough to provide us with each piece of evidence at our first meeting, but we will need to know some basic information so that we can best advise you about your case. These questions include:
- How the ATV accident happened
- Where it happened
- The type(s) of ATV(s) or other vehicle(s) involved, if any
- What the trail conditions were at the time of the accident
- What injuries you suffered
- Who owns the ATV you were riding on
- Were you the driver or a passenger
- Were you riding on private or public property
Your answers to these and other questions will guide us in both collecting evidence and in creating a strategy for your case. For example, if your accident occurred at Badlands Off Road Park, Haspin Acres, or Trojan Raceway—all privately owned places—the claim would be quite different than one where the injury occurred on state owned property, such as the Interlake State Recreation Area.
The Indiana ATV Accident Lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP Are Here to Fight for You
Keffer Hirschauer LLP want to help you build a strong case so that you can receive the maximum compensation possible to cover your injuries. If you are ready, please contact one of our Indiana ATV accident lawyers for a free consultation at 317-455-4043 or use our online contact form. Remember not to wait too long to contact us, because we are willing to go through each legal step with you.