ATVs are fun, but like any motor vehicle, they can also be dangerous. If you and your family enjoy ATVs, you should know the steps to take after a Wisconsin ATV crash.

Stay in Control After an ATV Accident

The steps that you take after an ATV crash can significantly impact your potential recovery. After an accident, you can:

  • See a doctor. You should see a doctor even if you think you are okay. ATV accidents can cause serious spinal cord and brain injuries. It may take several days for you to see symptoms. A doctor can screen you for potentially serious injuries, let you know the warning signs to watch for, and document your accident so you have proof of injury for the insurance company.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene. Get pictures of the accident location, all vehicles involved in the accident, and of your injuries. These pictures will help your accident attorney determine the cause of your crash.
  • Get the names of any witnesses. If another ATV was involved in the crash, you will need the driver’s name and number, insurance information, and the make and model of the ATV. Additionally, you should get the names of any passengers and crash witnesses.
  • Don’t talk about the accident. You should not discuss the accident with anyone except for law enforcement officials and your ATV injury lawyer. Do not give details to an insurance adjuster or post anything about the accident, your injuries, or daily activities on social media.
  • Do not sign any papers. You don’t want to take the blame for the accident. Don’t sign anything, even a release of information, until you have discussed your case with a personal injury lawyer.

There are many steps to take and many mistakes you want to prevent after an ATV accident. However, you don’t have to do this on your own.

Instead, one of the most important things that you can do after an ATV accident is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

Now Is the Right Time to Contact an ATV Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, ATV riders have a reputation for being reckless. You are likely to be blamed for the accident, even if it was someone else’s fault. An experienced personal injury lawyer will:

  • Find out what caused the ATV accident and hold the right people accountable. Typically ATV crashes happen because of operator negligence or defective design.
  • Gather and preserve evidence. You may have photos and witness contact information from the accident scene. However, other evidence that is in someone else’s control may also be relevant to your claim. For example, your lawyer may seek information about all the ATVs involved in the crash and their maintenance schedules.
  • Deal with the insurance company on your behalf. Insurers want to deny your claim or provide you with as little money as possible. The insurance adjuster may be friendly and appear interested in your recovery, but the adjuster has a job to do. Anything that you say to the insurer may be taken out of context and used against you. However, insurers know that Hupy and Abraham means business and are more likely to treat our clients fairly.
  • Protect your rights in court. If the insurance company is unwilling to provide you with a fair settlement, our lawyers won’t hesitate to go to court to get you the recovery that you deserve.

All of these services are provided with our Win, or It’s Free Guarantee. Our goal is to get you fair compensation for all of your ATV accident injuries, including your past and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Other losses

We invite you to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation. We’d be pleased to meet with you during a virtual consultation in any of our 11 personal injury offices located throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, or in your home or hospital room. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Jason F. Abraham
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