Whether you are riding an ATV for sport, leisure or for work, understanding proper safety and handling of the vehicle is important before hitting the dirt. Unfortunately, not everyone takes proper care to learn this valuable information. If you or someone you know was injured while riding an ATV by a negligent third party, or if you sustained your injuries from a defective ATV, a skilled Kansas City personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation. While we certainly hope you never have to use this information, our Kansas City personal injury lawyer has compiled a list of what to do if you are involved in an ATV accident.
1. Don’t Try To Get Up
When you are injured, your first instinct may be to try and walk it off. This is a mistake! Unless you are in danger by staying where you are, try not to move. If you suffered a head or neck injury, moving could exacerbate the injury. Do a quick assessment of yourself and the pain you feel before making the decision to move.
2. Call For Medical Help
If you are able, call for help immediately. Paramedics will be able to quickly assess the status of your injuries, load you on a gurney if necessary and transport you to the nearest hospital. There a physician can document your condition and make note of whether they believe your condition may lead to more problems.
3. Gather Information
If your accident was caused by another ATV driver, gather key items such as name, phone number, addresses, insurance information and the names of any witnesses.
4. Contact an Attorney
After your incident, an insurance company may try and convince you to settle with what may seem a high amount. This may seem like a good choice, but when factoring the cost of property damage, current and future medical bills, and lost pay due to your injuries, the settlement may not cover much. Consider contacting a skilled attorney from Presley & Presley, LLC. to fight for your right to compensation. We have a consistent track record of success and our attorneys can fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation.