Children's ATV Accidents
There is nothing quite like seeing a child’s eyes light up at the thought of driving a motorized vehicle like an ATV. Unfortunately, even though our intentions might be good, many of us find out too late that ATVs are one of the most dangerous activities in which a child can participate. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Colorado ATV accident lawyers have seen first-hand the devastation that an ATV accident can have on a young life or an ATV passenger. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that each year there are almost 60 child deaths and 27,000 serious injuries requiring emergency room treatment at a hospital. If you or your child has been seriously hurt, paralyzed, or killed while riding an ATV in Colorado, we invite you to call our Colorado ATV accident attorneys today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about how we can help you and your family.The Dangers of ATVs to Children & Adult Passengers
ATVs are powerful and heavy machines requiring extreme focus and control to operate safely. Often times, even with “children’s-sized” ATVs, the power of an ATV can overwhelm a child who lacks the strength and experience to safely drive it. Our Colorado ATV accident lawyers have seen children seriously hurt or killed when children lose control of the ATV and it rolls on top of them, they fall off the ATV, or they crash into an object that they are unable to avoid. As a result, it is well known among the Colorado ATV lawyer community that the American Academy of Pediatrics has advised parents to prevent their children from riding in or driving ATVs.
As parents and guardians of our own children and our kids’ friends, as tempting as it is to allow them to drive ATVs, it is simply unsafe and they should not be allowed to do so in all but the most exceptional circumstances. Our Longmont ATV accident lawyers are familiar with numerous stories told by tearful parents whose children, while spending the night at a friend’s house, on a camping trip, or while visiting a ranch, were allowed to drive ATVs and ended up being seriously injured including paralysis. The CPSC notes that for all ages, including adults, there are almost 100,000 ATV accidents per year which shows that even adults are regularly getting seriously hurt on ATVs.
When a child is hurt on an ATV without parental permission, or if an adult passenger is injured because the driver is carelessly driving the ATV, you may be able to pursue a negligence claim against the at-fault party. The Boulder ATV accident attorneys at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, are experienced litigators who regularly file lawsuits on behalf of our injured clients. We invite you to call us today so that we can learn more about your All Terrain Vehicle accident and determine whether we will be able to help you with your ATV claim.Recovering Your Damages Following an ATV Accident
Because ATVs lack the protective structure that cars and trucks have, ATV drivers and riders are left exposed and vulnerable to injury. Depending on the nature of your ATV crash, injuries can range from minor scratches to paralysis and even death. A skilled Boulder ATV accident lawyer will be able to determine whether you have a valid ATV accident claim, and if so, to ensure that your claim against the at-fault party is built in a way that increases the odds of a full recovery of your harms and losses. Harms and losses from an ATV crash can include past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, physical impairment, and emotional damages like pain and suffering.
In addition to working with medical providers, when a Colorado ATV accident results in paralysis or severe permanent physical impairment, a Colorado ATV accident attorney will also likely retain the services of a skilled life-care planner and economist so that the full nature and cost of a permanent injury can be accurately presented to the insurance company or to a jury if the case requires trial. Life-care planners are experts in understanding the medical and day-to-day needs of a severely injured person from the remainder of the victim’s life. This is important because compared to more minor injuries, paralysis or severe physical impairment can leave a victim with ongoing costs and needs for decades into the future. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Longmont ATV accident attorneys will advance the costs of hiring any experts needed to prove the extent of your injuries and present your case in the best possible manner.Caring, Professional & Aggressive Representation of ATV Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an ATV accident in Colorado, we invite you to call our skilled Colorado ATV accident lawyers today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case. Each case is unique, and depending on the situation, different people may be liable (or sometimes nobody is liable). We want to hear from you and start learning about your ATV story.