Miami ATV Accident Attorney
Todays’ All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are powerful machines capable of high speeds and traveling long distances over rugged land. They climb rocks, cut through shallow water, and speed along tough terrain. While there have undoubtedly been great advancements in ATV capabilities, safety has lagged behind. Lawyers at Viñas & DeLuca have handled multiple accidents involving ATVs and other recreational vehicles. We have witnessed the catastrophic and life-alternating injuries that can result from ATV use, including injuries caused by manufacturing errors, design defects, single-vehicle accidents, and collisions. Personal injury and wrongful death cases involving ATVs typically involve catastrophic injuries and deserve to be handled by experienced attorneys with care and expertise.
ATV Injury Statistics
Lack of ATV safety features, as well as design flaws, continue to result in catastrophic injury and loss of life each year. Surprisingly, the majority of ATV fatalities between 2010 and 2013 (32%) occurred on paved surfaces, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The U.S. CPSC reports the following:
⦁ There are roughly 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries every year involving ATVs.
⦁ 596 Floridians died on ATVs over the last 32 years.
⦁ Over 500 kids died on ATVs between 2008 and 2013.
⦁ More ATV deaths occurred in Florida between 2008 and 2013 than in 48 other states.
⦁ More than 100,000 people were injured on ATVs during 2016. 26% of those injuries involved children under 16.
Causes of ATV Injuries and Death
“ATVs are not toys! They are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles” – U.S. CPSC. This is worth remembering every time you get on an ATV.
ATVs are heavy vehicles, difficult to control, and frequently driven on uneven surfaces. They can also be ridden near other vehicles, as in the case of “street legal” ATVs, where vehicle collisions can result in catastrophic injury. ATVs lack many of the life-saving safety features found in cars and passenger vehicles. During an accident, passengers can be easily thrown from ATVs, struck by other vehicles, or crushed and trapped beneath overturned ATVs.
Because ATVs are considered “recreational vehicles,” riders are sometimes unclear as to what constitutes a permissible use. For example, riders can drive ATVs where they are not designed to travel, transport too many passengers on ATVs, or operate ATVs without sufficient instruction, experience, or training.
How to Avoid Injuries on ATVs
Here are some tips for safely riding ATVs in Florida:
⦁ Know Your Terrain
⦁ Always Remain Vigilant
⦁ Always Wear Your Safety Belt
⦁ Always Wear a Helmet and Protective Gear
⦁ Properly Maintain Tires, Brakes, and Equipment
⦁ Never Overload Passengers
⦁ Never Ride in the Cargo Bed
⦁ Never Permit Children Under 16 to Operate Adult ATVs
Our Florida Office Locations
Viñas & DeLuca is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has offices available for consultation in Miami, Boca Raton/Palm Beach, and Tampa. We have handled cases in multiple state and federal jurisdictions throughout Florida. Click here for more information.
Contact a Miami ATV Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a Florida vehicle accident, contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. Or, you can complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or easily chat with us online and one of our attorneys will contact you right away. We are here 24/7/365 to speak with you and answer your questions. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
The 4 Steps We Take After You Retain Us
We notify all insurance companies and potential defendants that we represent you. From there, we handle everything. You will not need to speak with anyone but your lawyers. All communications go through us – your advocates.
We help you get the medical care you need when you need it. Our lawyers and staff help you make appointments, obtain medical advice, and recover from your injuries, both physically and financially. We are at your side each step of the way.
Our lawyers and medical experts review your medical records to determine the most effective way to present your injury claim. This may require forensic expert reports, professional medical illustrations, or 3D animations of your accident or injury. We spare no expense when it comes to effectively telling your story.
Drawing on decades of combined legal experience, our lawyers aggressively pursue top dollar settlements and verdicts for each of our clients. The vast majority of defendants in our cases choose not to go to trial against our law firm, setting the stage for our clients to receive satisfactory settlements and results.
Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
The attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have over 35 years of combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Miami and the State of Florida. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, representing them in both state and federal court. Each of our attorneys is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. The Attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have also been recognized by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40, Avvo, and others. While the results of any case can vary depending on the facts, our commitment to winning big for our clients never changes.
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We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to worry about legal fees unless we win your case. That’s right. You get to focus all of your time, energy, and money on getting better while we handle your personal injury case. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so contact us today. We’re available to assist injury victims throughout Miami-Dade County.