ATV Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles
All-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, are a recreational staple for many Californians. Although these powerful machines can provide hours of fun, they are also extremely dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, nationwide, at least 264 people lost their lives in an ATV accident in 2018. Furthermore, they estimate that in the same year, there were 81,800 ATV-related injuries treated in emergency rooms. Children younger than 16 years of age accounted for an estimated 26% of those injuries.
If you became part of the recent statistics for ATV accidents, you likely suffered physical, financial, and emotional damages. A skilled Los Angeles ATV accident lawyer can help you sort through your damages and seek compensation for them.
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Is there a filing deadline for ATV lawsuits?
One of the most crucial pieces of any personal injury lawsuit is that accident victims only have a limited amount of time to file their claims. Under California law, if you are injured in an ATV accident, you or your Los Angeles ATV accident attorney must file your lawsuit within two years from the date of your accident. However, if you did not learn of your injury until a later date, you will have one year from the date you discovered it or should have reasonably discovered it. This law is referred to as the statute of limitations, and plaintiffs in a lawsuit will lose their right to pursue compensation for their injuries if their claim is not filed on time.
Elements of a valid legal claim
When you meet with an experienced ATV accident lawyer from our office, they will assess your case to see if it includes the following elements:
- A duty: The defendant in your case owed you a duty of care.
- A breach of duty: The defendant failed to meet that duty. Injuries: Their failure directly led to your injuries.
- Damages: Your injuries caused your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Without each of these pieces, a legal claim is not viable. It is highly unlikely that you will receive money for a claim that does not meet each of the criteria for negligence. If your case does include these elements, you have a claim worth pursuing and may be missing out on a settlement or court award if you do not pursue it.
To prove your case and support the criteria for a negligence lawsuit, your ATV accident attorney will research your accident to gather more information. They will also collect evidence such as your medical records or witness depositions. It is their job to have enough evidence to prove each of these points, whether or not your case settles out of court.
In an accident? Our ATV accident lawyers in Los Angeles can help
An ATV accident can leave you feeling frustrated and physically drained. When you turn to one of our ATV accident lawyers, you can be assured that you will get the help that you need. Let us take on your case while you focus on healing and resting. We can determine who is liable for your injuries, file your lawsuit, relentlessly pursue a settlement, and even take your case before a jury if that is what it takes.
Contact Blair & Ramirez LLP online today or by phone at (213) 568-4000 for a free case evaluation. We have a reputation for helping our clients recover maximum compensation. Our attorneys will not settle your case for less than it is worth, even if it means we have to take your case to trial. Collectively, our clients receive millions of dollars in settlements each year. Don’t leave money on the table by accepting a settlement far less than you deserve. Contact our office instead.