Colorado is known for its mountains and parks— and millions of residents and tourists visit these lush natural treasures every year. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles are popular vehicles for traveling through Colorado and our Rocky Mountains, but they can be a seriously dangerous pastime as well. Each year, snowmobilers and ATV riders are injured or killed in accidents. At Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC, we represent those who have been injured in snowmobile, ATV, or other recreational vehicle accidents — whether as a result of negligence, poor maintenance, or even defects in the manufacture or design of the product.
Understanding injuries ATVs and snowmobiles may cause
No snowmobile or ATV is a toy, even though they’re used for recreation. These vehicles are as dangerous — perhaps even more dangerous — than cars or trucks on the road. The most common injuries sustained by ATV and snowmobile users are crushed limb injuries, in which hands, feet, legs, or arms are trapped between the body of the vehicle and the ground or other objects. This can result in broken bones or even require amputation if the injury is severe enough.
Sometimes these injuries are caused by other riders who are not taking care to ride responsibly. However, in many cases, the lawyers at Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg have seen recreational vehicle accidents that are the result of tour operators failing to properly maintain their vehicles or manufacturers whose ATVs and snowmobiles are defective in design or manufacture. The sooner you seek assistance from our attorneys, though, the sooner we can begin to determine how to best help you.
What can an attorney do for you after a snowmobile or ATV injury?
As in any personal injury case, we’ll evaluate your injuries to determine the nature of your claims and if there’s a potential for recovery. Oftentimes the tour operator is protected by a waiver you signed or by statute, however, if the injuries you suffered were a result of poor maintenance, malfunction, or a defect in the snowmobile or ATV, there is a potential for a product liability claim against the owner of the vehicle and the manufacturer. If the accident was caused by another snowmobiler or ATV rider colliding with you, that rider may be responsible. Our experienced attorneys work with you to determine the compensation you may be entitled to receive, including payments for medical costs, ongoing care expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, pain and suffering, and other damages, as applicable. And if the accident resulted in the death of a loved one, we’ll bring a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf to seek compensation for your loss, including funeral expenses.
Colorado welcomes snowmobiles and ATVs — but when the unthinkable happens, Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC is ready to assist. We serve the needs of injured victims throughout the Front Range and Western Slope areas of Colorado.
We are unwavering advocates for your legal rights. For personal injury cases, we work on contingency, which means we only get paid if we win.
That depends on several things. It can depend on the type and ownership of the land on which the injury occurs. There are different standards of care for private non-agricultural land; for private agricultural land; for private activities being conducted on government land; for governmental recreational activities, such as those occurring at a recreational center. Usually, operators of these types of activities require that you sign a Release of Liability. Some of those Releases are enforceable; others are not. Some Releases are void as against public policy, for various reasons – such as, when an injury is caused by gross negligence or is the result of a defective product.
If you have been injured while participating in a recreational activity, don’t wait. Call us as soon as possible. There is a lot that needs to be done to collect and preserve evidence, and to protect your claim. The call and the consultation are free.