Minnesota has some of the best ATV trails in the Midwest, and now that the weather is getting warmer, more people will be taking their all-terrain vehicles out of storage and hitting the trails. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of Minnesotans are injured in ATV accidents, and sometimes another party’s actions or negligence play a role in the accident. When this happens, it’s important to remember that you can collect injury compensation to help with medical bills or other expenses. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at how you can get compensation if you are injured in an ATV accident in Minnesota.
ATV Injury Compensation
While there are countless specific ways that you can be injured while riding on an ATV in Minnesota, accidents and injuries tend to fall under three umbrella categories. If your injury involves one of these three factors, call an injury lawyer like Dean Margolis to learn more about your compensation options.
1. Driver Negligence – If another driver caused your accident as a result of negligence or dangerous actions, you may have a compensation claim. For example, if another set of riders are heading in the wrong direction on a trail or they stop over a hill and get in the way, you could possibly be compensated if you are injured because of their actions. You can also seek personal injury compensation if you are a passenger and your driver’s actions lead to your injuries. Also, if an ATV driver was under the influence of alcohol and contributed to an accident, you will definitely have a claim, as long as you are not the inebriated driver in question.
2. Unsafe Trails – Most ATV trails say that riders assume all risks when riding on the trail, but that doesn’t absolve the property manager of all liability in the result of an accident. If trails are not properly maintained or safety signage is not properly placed, and it leads to an accident, an injury lawyer may be able to help you collect compensation. These types of cases are harder to prove, but again, don’t just assume that the agent that maintains the trails is absolved of all liability simply because they state that riders assume risk when riding on the trails.
3. Equipment Defect – Finally, if an equipment defect led to your accident, you may be able to take a claim against the manufacturer. If there were recalls for certain vehicles or parts of equipment, and they failed and contributed to your accident, you can make a valid claim against the manufacturer. Again, you’ll want an attorney in your corner who can help prove that the defect played an essential role in the cause of your accident. This will also be harder to prove if you’ve made any modifications or performed certain maintenance on your own, but again, that won’t automatically disqualify you from compensation.
So if you or someone you are riding with this summer ends up injured because of one of the above reasons, make sure they reach out to an experienced ATV injury lawyer like Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm. These injuries can be extensive and have a lifelong physical and financial impact, which is why it’s so important that you get what you rightfully deserve during a compensation claim.
For more information, or to get the ball rolling with your ATV injury claim in the greater Twin Cities area, reach out to the Margolis Law Firm today.