Dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are fun to drive over mounds of dirt, up and down hills, and through streams. These cool-looking vehicles provide a sense of excitement at affordable prices. ATVs and dirt bikes also present inherent risks, and, if operated recklessly, can cause traumatic injuries.
Dirt bikes and ATVs are dangerous, and an accident could tragically result in permanent paralysis or death. Even a minor crash could lead to lacerations, broken bones, and head or neck injuries. If you suffered an injury from a dirt bike or ATV accident, contact our experienced Maryland dirt bike or ATV accident attorney to provide the guidance you need to ensure a successful personal injury claim. The knowledge lawyers at Rice, Murtha & Psoras will evaluate the facts of your case and represent you with the respect and diligence you deserve. Contact us at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free case consultation.
Type of Injuries from Dirt Bikes and ATVs in Maryland
Accidents involving ATVs and dirt bikes usually occur outdoors, on uneven terrain, and at high speeds. The impact of a crash or collision could throw you off the vehicle, leading to serious personal injuries. Typical injuries include lacerations, gashes, fractures, torn ligaments, concussions, and traumatic spinal cord, neck, or head injuries. Often, victims will suffer severe harm because they refused to wear proper safety equipment.
Many riders and passengers will endure debilitating injuries and experience permanent hardships, including chronic pain, an inability to work, and emotional or mental suffering. The Maryland injury attorneys at the Law Office of Randolph Rice will devote themselves to fighting for your compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages can be easily quantified and typically include damages such as lost income, medical expenses, or property damage. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and emotional distress are considered noneconomic damages and are much more challenging to calculate. We will look at the specific facts of your case, expert testimony, and previous settlements under similar circumstances to calculate a justified value for the compensation you deserve.
Determining Fault in Dirt Bike and ATV Accidents in Maryland
Depending on the specific facts of your accident, multiple parties may be liable for your injuries. By carefully examining all of the evidence available, our Maryland lawyers will determine which parties should compensate you for the harm you suffered.
Many times, an accident involving a dirt bike or ATV is caused by the driver’s negligence. Similarly, a driver who fails to take reasonable safety precautions could cause an accident involving someone else not riding on their vehicle. The driver who caused the crash can be held responsible for the injuries you faced whether you were hit as a pedestrian, whether you were hit by another ATV, or whether you were a passenger on a vehicle that crashed.
Often, ATVs and dirt bikes are operated on racetracks and off-road courses. The owner of such a facility is responsible for keeping their property in a reasonably safe condition. If the premises had a known defect or were maintained in such a fashion that increased the risk of injury, the owner or property manager could be held liable for your injuries if those conditions directly caused your accident.
As a driver, you could follow all safety precautions and drive with extreme care on a beautifully maintained track and still suffer an injury because of a defect in the dirt bike or ATV you were driving. Manufacturing defects and dangerous design defects would open the manufacturer up to liability if the defect directly caused the accident. If the dirt bike or ATV was damaged during transport, you might alternatively have a claim against the distributor or seller.
If you were driving a car when you were hit or run off the road by an ATV or a dirt bike, you might have suffered serious injuries. In most cases, these vehicles are not street legal and should not be operated on the roadway. This means the ATV or dirt bike rider might be responsible for your accident.
Our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys will thoroughly review all of the facts and evidence in your case, including police reports, photographs of the vehicles and the area surrounding the crash, and eyewitness testimony to determine who should be held accountable for your injuries.
Contributory Negligence in an ATV or Dirt Bike Accident Case in Maryland
It is important to understand how the contributory negligence doctrine used in Maryland courts might affect your case. When determining the cause of an accident, Maryland courts will attempt to assign fault to each party that contributed to the incident. If your conduct was found to have contributed to the crash, the other driver(s) would not have to compensate you for your injuries. Our experienced Maryland attorneys understand how this standard can negatively influence the outcome of your case and are prepared to address it.
Call Our Maryland Dirt Bike or ATV Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a dirt bike or ATV accident, you should contact our lawyers as soon as possible. Personal injury claims involving these types of accidents are complicated, and you must adhere to deadlines and the strict statute of limitations to prevent having your case thrown out. An experienced lawyer understands how to navigate these challenging cases and will help you along the road to compensation and recovery. Call Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s Maryland dirt bike or ATV accident lawyers today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free case consultation.