For many residents of the province, the use of off-highway vehicles is commonplace. While many people ride quads, dirt-bikes, and other all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for recreational purposes, others rely on them as basic modes of transportation in rural areas.
Despite their regular use throughout the province, not all ATV riders operate their off-highway vehicles in a safety-conscious way. Unfortunately, the negligence of reckless or incautious ATV operators can lead to dangerous – potentially fatal – accidents.
Unfortunately, accidents resulting from the improper or unsafe operation of ATVs are responsible for thousands of injuries in Alberta each year. Indeed, each year, ATV accidents are responsible for approximately 6000 emergency room visits.
Most ATV accidents that cause injuries are single-vehicle events, meaning the rider was injured without colliding with another vehicle. Often, these injuries occur when a rider is ejected from their vehicle or when they collide with a stationary force, such as rock, tree, fence, or other inanimate object.
That said, many ATV riders are injured in collisions with other off-highway vehicles. In some cases, ATVs can collide with hikers or other trail-users, resulting in severe, life-changing injuries. If a trail-user or quad rider is injured in a collision with an off-highway vehicle, oftentimes the negligence of the other ATV driver is responsible for the accident.
In accordance with the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, the people who operate off-highway vehicles must do so with a reasonable degree of caution. Failing to do so in a manner that jeopardizes the safety of others could be considered negligence. Common examples of ATV rider negligence include:
Being involved in an injury-causing ATV accident can be the beginning of a long, physically challenging, emotionally exhausting, and expensive road to recovery. Our Airdrie ATV accident lawyers are passionate about helping injured survivors of these traumatic collisions get the fair treatment – and compensation – they deserve.
If you were injured in an off-highway vehicle collision in or around Airdrie, you might be entitled to compensation. To learn how our ATV accident lawyers serving Airdrie may be able to provide you with crucial assistance and support in your pursuit of justice, contact us today.
In the aftermath of an injury-causing ATV accident, it can be difficult to know what compensatory options might be available to you, if any. During a free initial consultation on your case, our Airdrie ATV accident lawyers can review the circumstances of your case and inform you of courses of action you might be entitled to pursue.
If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the negligent off-highway vehicle operator whose wrongful actions led to your injuries, our ATV accident lawyers serving Airdrie may be able to help you recover compensation for your injury-related losses. To learn more, call us today and schedule your free initial consultation with our Airdrie ATV accident lawyers.
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