Phoenix ATV, UTV, Dirt Bike, and Side-by-Side Accident Attorneys

Did you suffer an injury in a Phoenix ATV accident? Perhaps you got injured on a side-by-side or dirt bike? No matter how your ATV accident occurred, you do not need to go through this alone. An experienced Phoenix ATV accident lawyer at Hutzler Law is here to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Many Arizonans enjoy riding all-terrain vehicles for recreation. ATVs are also used on ranches and farms for work purposes. While ATVs offer fun experiences for many people, they are also dangerous. When passengers ride ATVs without helmets, their risk of serious injuries or death increases greatly.

If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident involving an ATV because of the negligence of someone else, you should contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Hutzler Law to learn about your legal options.

Common Causes of ATV Accident Injuries in Phoenix

In Phoenix, ATVs, dirt bikes, and side-by-sides are popular. ATVs are off-road vehicles that can travel as fast as 65 mph. They pose serious accident risks even for drivers who are experienced. Some of the most common causes of Phoenix ATV accidents include the following:

  • Impaired driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to wear helmets
  • Multiple passengers
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Driving ATVs on paved roads

 

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Determining Liability in a Phoenix ATV Accident

Determining liability in a Phoenix ATV or UTV accident is an important first step after it occurs. Your attorney will carefully analyze the evidence to identify the potentially liable parties. Some of the parties that might be liable in this type of injury accident include the following:

  • The driver
  • The property owner
  • Designer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of a defective ATV
  • Designer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of a defective ATV part

Identifying the parties contributing to the Phoenix ATV accident’s cause can help you maximize your compensation.

Common Types of Injuries in Phoenix ATV Accidents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 530 people were killed in 2017 in ATV accidents, and an estimated 104,000 required treatment for injuries in the emergency department.

Some of the most common types of injuries in ATV accidents include the following:

  • Arm, elbow, leg, toe, ankle, and wrist fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe lacerations
  • Paralysis

People might suffer multiple injuries in this type of accident and can be killed when they are thrown from the vehicle or crushed in a rollover accident.

In a side-by-side accident involving ATVs riding adjacent to each other, a passenger might suffer a side-by-side injury by being thrown off and run over by one of the ATVs.

Unfortunately, many people lose their lives in ATV, UTV, or side-by-side accidents. When someone else’s negligence causes your loved one’s death, surviving family members can seek to file a Phoenix wrongful death claim.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and ATV Accidents

Head and brain injuries can be especially serious, as they have the potential to affect a person’s long-term mental and emotional states and can adversely affect many aspects of their life for years to come. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can require months of recovery and extensive treatment. An experienced ATV accident lawyer knows that these consequences and their impact on individuals and their families is not something to be handled lightly. Your attorney will work to ensure that your emotional distress, medical bills, and all other losses are considered fastidiously while negotiating compensation in an ATV accident claim.

Why Are Phoenix ATV Injuries More Serious?

ATVs and UTVs are designed to travel off-road over terrain that other motor vehicles cannot handle. While these off-road vehicles might handle rough terrain more easily, ATVs and UTVS do not protect drivers and passengers against a dirt bike injury.

ATVs are designed to handle terrain that most vehicles cannot navigate.

Passengers and ATV drivers are unprotected from external factors and vulnerable to serious injuries. Like people riding motorcycles off-road and suffering a dirt bike injury, passengers can be thrown from ATVs and potentially run over.

Some of the common types of Phoenix ATV accidents include the following:

  • Side-by-side accident
  • Rollover accident
  • Colliding with a stationary object
  • Riders thrown from ATVs
  • Side-by-side injury, including being run over

Side-by-side accidents can happen when two drivers drive ATVs next to each other. The drivers might race or engage in other risky behavior, placing themselves and their passengers at risk of serious injuries. The ATVs may collide with each other, or a passenger may be thrown from one of the ATVs and run over by either vehicle. Side-by-side accidents can happen when two drivers drive ATVs next to each other.

Rollover accidents are also a common type of ATV accident. This type of accident might occur when the vehicle becomes off-balanced while going over steep terrain, causing it to roll over. The riders may be crushed beneath the rolling vehicle or thrown into surrounding objects such as rocks or trees.

Collisions with stationary objects are also common. When drivers speed on their ATVs, they might crash into trees, rocks, cacti, or other objects. This type of accident can cause serious injuries to the drivers and any passengers who might be riding with them. Depending on the speed of the ATV at the time of the collision, the riders may be killed when an ATV collides with a stationary object.

An experienced Phoenix ATV accident lawyer at Hutzler Law can help you no matter how your accident occurs. We quickly uncover all liable parties so that injured ATV accident victims in Phoenix can get the compensation they deserve.

Wrongful Deaths and ATV Accident Injuries in Phoenix

ATV accidents can be fatal. In some cases, a homeowner might invite friends to ride ATVs on his or her property. Losing a family member in an ATV or UTV accident while he or she was visiting a friend can be both emotionally and financially devastating. You might lose the financial support your loved one provided to your family, have unexpected medical, burial, and funeral expenses, and face other losses.

If someone else’s negligent actions caused your loved one’s death, you might have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. To have a wrongful death claim, your loved one’s death must have resulted because of the negligent actions of the other person. You will have to present evidence showing that the defendant’s actions caused your loved one’s accident and injuries and that you suffered actual harm. To have a wrongful death claim, your loved one’s death must have resulted because of the negligent actions of the other person.

After your loved one’s death, you must talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney at Hutzler Law. We have years of legal experience and understand how ATV accidents happen. We can review your loved one’s case and help you to understand the legal merits of your claim and your likelihood of recovering damages for your losses.

Under ARS 12-612, the following parties can file wrongful death claims:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Surviving child(ren)
  • Surviving parent(s)
  • The victim’s legal guardian
  • A personal representative of the estate

Your Phoenix ATV accident lawyer can help you to understand whether you have a right to file a wrongful death claim and help you to meet the appropriate deadlines.

How Much is My Phoenix ATV Accident Injury Claim Worth?

Since every accident is different, the compensation that might be available will depend on the facts and circumstances.

Damages that might be recoverable in this type of accident include the following:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Past income losses
  • Future lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Disability
  • Hedonic damages
  • Disfigurement

Your Phoenix ATV accident attorney can help you compute the cost of your total losses and will work attentively to understand your goals and meet your needs.

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Arizona ATV Laws that May Affect a Phoenix Injury Claim

Several laws in Arizona apply to ATVs. If you ride an ATV in Phoenix, you must know these laws and follow them to ensure your safety. If another rider does not follow these laws, they can be held accountable for the damages their negligence caused.

  • Riders under 16 are not allowed to operate full-sized ATVs. If you purchase an ATV for a young person, you should ensure it is the right size. Experienced drivers should ride with younger people to teach them how to steer ATVs properly. It is best not to allow children to operate ATVs on their own. In general, ATV manufacturers recommend that riders be at least five feet tall and 100 pounds before operating these vehicles.
  • Operators and passengers should always wear goggles and helmets when riding on ATVs.
  • Before operating your vehicle, you should ensure that the turn signals, brakes, headlights, and horns are functioning properly.

Filing Phoenix ATV Accident Claims

If you have suffered serious injuries or lost your loved one in a Phoenix all-terrain vehicle accident, you might be entitled to pursue a claim for damages when someone else’s negligence caused the accident.

Riding ATVs over rough terrain can be dangerous and expose passengers to serious risks. Because of these risks, ATV operators must be experienced and able to handle these vehicles safely.

To hold the negligent parties liable, you will need to present evidence showing that the defendant was negligent and caused your accident. Your experienced ATV collision attorney at To hold the negligent parties liable, you will need to present evidence showing that the defendant was negligent and caused your accident. To prove negligence, you will need to present evidence proving each of the following elements:

  • The defendant owed you a duty to operate the ATV in a reasonably safe manner.
  • The defendant breached the duty of care.
  • The defendant’s breach directly or proximately caused your accident and injuries.
  • You suffered actual harm as a result.

If you discover that the accident resulted from a defective ATV or ATV component, your attorney might file a product liability claim against all the parties involved in bringing the defective part or ATV to the market.

If your accident was caused by the driver’s negligence while you were visiting someone else’s home, you might be able to file a claim with the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy to recover compensation.

Contact the Phoenix ATV Accident Lawyers at Hutzler Law

If you believe that your ATV collision or UTV accident was caused by the negligence of the driver or another party, you should contact the experienced ATV accident lawyers at Hutzler Law.

We can analyze the facts of what happened and explain the merits of your claim. Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at 602-730-4530 to learn about your rights.

Hutzler Law, PLLC – Phoenix ATV Accident Lawyers

4323 N 12th St, Suite 101,
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-730-4530