If you and your family enjoy all-terrain vehicles—or ATVs—you are not alone. The sport is very popular in Wisconsin and across the United States. More than 10 American families own ATVs. And why not? You get to enjoy the nice weather, appreciate the scenery, and spend time with your family.
ATV’s are fun, but like any motor vehicle, they can also be dangerous. ATV accidents cause more than 100,000 injuries and more than 700 deaths each year. Most ATV accidents occur in June and July.
If you and your family enjoy ATVs, you should know the steps to take after a Wisconsin ATV crash:
- 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 and let you know the warning signs that you should watch for. He can also 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 Milwaukee 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.
- Don’t talk about the accident. You should not discuss the accident with anyone except for law enforcement officials and your Wisconsin ATV injury lawyer. Do not give details to an insurance adjuster.
- 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 Milwaukee personal injury lawyer
If you are injured in a Wisconsin ATV accident, it is important that you talk to a lawyer with experience in ATV related injuries. There are two reasons that ATV accidents occur: negligence and defective design. 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. Protect your right to insurance compensation. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.