Zachary D. Clayton: Your ATV Accident Lawyer in Las Vegas
All-terrain vehicles (also known as ATVs) are popular off-road vehicles typically used for recreational activities. They are not designed to be driven on paved roads or highways. ATVs can be very enjoyable to drive, but some risks come with them, and sometimes, a Las Vegas personal injury attorney may be required.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are 93,700 visits to the emergency room resulting from ATV accidents in a given year, and approximately 26 percent of them involve children under the age of 16.
What are the Damages You May Be Able to Recover in a Las Vegas ATV Accident?
Under the laws of Nevada, all drivers, no matter the type of vehicle, are subjected to being in obeyance of all related driving laws. If the driver does not follow Nevada driving laws or is deemed negligent or reckless, they can be held liable for the accident. The injured person can file a lawsuit and claim compensatory or punitive damages.
You and your Las Vegas personal injury attorney will need to decide the type of compensatory damages you could receive. In many cases, the sum of your compensatory damages could be your medical bills and lost wages, costs that you will bear in the coming weeks, months and years because of your ATV injuries, including your future medical bills and lost wages. You also may be entitled to non-economic damages that include pain and suffering and disfigurement.
Further, you could be entitled to punitive damages if the accident was caused by the driver driving under influence, defective or damaged parts, or a driver who was acting in disregard of the safety of other people.
There is no set rule on the amount that can be recovered for the damages that have been caused you. But in Nevada, if the other driver is 50% to blame for the crash that happened, you can recover some damages according to the law.
Note that lawsuits for ATV crashes in Nevada must be filed within two years according to the statute of limitations. An experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can help you to construct your case and file the proper paperwork in accordance with state law.
Nevada Laws Regarding ATVs and Off-Road Vehicles
In this state, all ATV riders are governed by several regulations and laws. Most ATVs are designated to be off-road vehicles and are not allowed to be driven on public highways or reads. But there are some cases where the county and city government have designated certain regions where you are allowed to operate an ATV on a public street to access an off-road area.
In this situation, you need to have a certificate of operation; wear a helmet and eye protection while you are on the road; meet reasonable vehicle safety standards, including lights and mirrors.
Also, the driver must follow specific rules of the road, such as when crossing the highway, you need to come to a complete stop before you cross. When you load or unload the vehicle, you must do it as close as possible to the place of operation. When you are on a designated highway trail connection, you need to drive the off-road vehicle on the highway for more than two miles.
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When you are in an emergency, you are allowed to use the off-road vehicle on the road only if it is impossible to use another car, unless a police officer directs you to do so.
Hurt in an ATV Accident? Take Action Today by Contacting LV Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love was hurt because of an ATV accident, odds are you are struggling with substantial and probably debilitating injuries. To add insult to injury, you may be faced with a slew of medical bills, not to mention other expenses to be paid out of your pocket. Then there are lost wages to factor in, as time will need to be taken off from work for you to recover. Experienced attorneys at LV Personal Injury Lawyers can help you when you are faced with such challenges.
If you were hurt by an ATV driver because of negligence, you may qualify for financial restitution as compensation for your losses and arms. To book a no-cost and confidential review of your case, get in touch with Zachary D. Clayton today..