Woodbury UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Accident Attorneys
UTVs, ATVs, and snowmobiles represent the outdoor way of life throughout Woodbury and the surrounding Washington County area of Minnesota, with many people taking to the great outdoors regardless of the season. These popular vehicles make it easy to get around off the beaten path and provide a range of fun activities for the people who use them regularly.
Unfortunately, they can also pose a substantial danger to their users. Whether you suffered injuries on an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile as a tourist who just wanted to experience some of the best of the local area or you suffered injuries as a local, you may deserve compensation for your injuries. If someone else’s negligence led to your accident, contact the Woodbury UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Accident Lawyers at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today at (651) 358-2531 to learn more about your right to compensation.
Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers: Helping Our Clients Seek Compensation Following ATV, UTV, and Snowmobile Accidents
At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping our clients handle the legal aftermath of ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents.
Take a look at our past claims and results:
- $500,000 awarded following serious injuries in a UTV accident
- $475,000 awarded for a family injured in a UTV accident
- $175,000 for the victim of a UTV accident
Our attorneys show a high degree of dedication and determination as we help our clients seek the compensation they deserve following ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents. We built our firm on the concept of family, with a significant focus on helping our clients and a dedication to winning. We aid our clients as they move forward with their claims after ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents and helping them learn more about the compensation they deserve.
We start with a free consultation to assess our clients’ claims and their specific, unique needs. We try to develop a strong understanding of how the accident occurred, who bears liability, and what injuries our clients sustained so that we can help them maximize the compensation they can recover for those injuries.
Next, we help our clients understand the compensation they deserve for their injuries, especially in cases where our clients have sustained severe injuries, but the involved insurance companies might not want to offer the compensation they deserve.
Finally, we help negotiate on our clients’ behalf and even represent them in court if needed as we help them pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.
Woodbury ATV/UTV Accidents: Who Bears Liability?
ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents can all leave you with severe injuries. In many cases, you may find yourself struggling to cope with the aftermath of your accident.
You need to seek compensation for your injuries. Who bears liability? In most Woodbury accidents involving snowmobiles, ATVs, and UTVs, one or more of several entities may bear liability.
The Owner of the Vehicle
You rented an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile from a Woodbury business and took to the hills. Unfortunately, the vehicle malfunctioned, causing you to sustain serious injuries in an accident. If the owner failed to properly maintain the snowmobile, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the owner of the vehicle.
If you borrowed an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile from a private owner, you may also have the right to seek compensation from that private owner if the owner did not conduct proper maintenance on the vehicle.
The Vehicle Manufacturer
Did a malfunction in the ATV, UTV, or snowmobile cause your accident? If so, the manufacturer may bear liability for the accident and your injuries. An experienced Woodbury ATV, UTV, and snowmobile attorney can determine whether the manufacturer has a known record of defects that could lead to those accidents and give you a better idea of whether the manufacturer bears liability for the accident or it occurred due to poor maintenance on the vehicle.
Often, ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents occur as a result of driver error—either an error on the part of the driver of a recreational vehicle or an error on the part of the driver of a traditional passenger vehicle. ATVs, UTVs, and snowmobiles may all operate on or near roads as well as on ATV trails or in open fields, especially during Woodbury’s snowy winters. If another driver commits an error that results in a serious accident, that driver may bear liability for the accident and your injuries.
Did your employer send you out on a poorly maintained UTV or send you to a particularly dangerous area in a UTV? Did you sustain serious injuries while using a UTV to take care of your usual work tasks? You may have grounds for a claim against your employer. Often, that will take the form of a workers’ compensation claim, rather than a direct personal injury claim.
Common ATV, UTV, and Snowmobile Injuries in Woodbury
To operate recreational vehicles safely, you may need to wear a helmet and protective gear—especially in the cold winter months, when adequate protective gear can help protect against frostbite as well as other common injuries. Despite that protective gear, however, Woodbury ATV, UTV, and snowmobile riders may face a variety of potential injuries, many of which may grow worse due to the inaccessibility of common ATV and snowmobile trail destinations.
Many riders may have a long wait for emergency services or may suffer additional injuries while trying to get back to help.
- Traumatic brain injury, especially if the rider failed to wear a helmet
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising and lacerations
Seeking medical care after an ATV, snowmobile, or UTV accident can increase the odds that you will fully recover from your injuries and make it easier for you to seek compensation in a later personal injury claim.
Woodbury UTV, ATV, and Snowmobile Accident FAQs
You may have questions about your legal rights following an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident. Take a look at the FAQ below or contact us to ask individual questions about your claim.
1. How much is my Woodbury UTV, ATV, or snowmobile accident claim worth?
The value of your Woodbury ATV, UTV, or snowmobile claim may depend on several key factors.
Talk to the experienced attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers to discuss:
- How much your medical bills cost and what injuries you sustained in your accident
- What long-term impact your accident has had on your life
- How much work you had to miss as a result of your injuries
Most of the time, your claim will involve compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering associated with the accident and your injuries. Many of the best jobs in Woodbury require working with your hands or working outdoors, which means that if you sustained severe injuries in a snowmobile, ATV, or UTV accident, you may find yourself very limited in what you can do at work while you recover.
Worse, you may have a hard time engaging in your usual hobbies—including riding your recreational vehicle. An attorney can help you show how those elements of your accident impact your life, including both your finances and your mental and emotional state.
2. Who has to pay my medical bills after an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident in Woodbury?
Woodbury offers excellent hospitals where you can receive a high standard of care, including the M Health Fairview Woodwinds Emergency Department. If you require specialized medical treatment, however, you may need to leave Woodbury and visit another location for treatment for your injuries, which can further increase your medical bills.
Who has to take care of paying those bills? As the injured party, you will need to make arrangements for those payments. However, you can use your medical insurance to help cover many of your medical costs following an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident. You can also use the funds from a personal injury claim to help cover the medical costs associated with the accident and your injuries, which can make many of those costs easier to manage.
3. What happens if my child suffers an accident on an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile in Woodbury?
Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can drive off-road vehicles in Woodbury. While that can offer them a great deal of freedom and a whole lot of fun as they race down the trails, it also means they face many of the same hazards faced by adult drivers out on the trails. If your child suffers an accident on an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile due to someone else’s negligence, your child may have the same right to file a personal injury claim that you would have if you suffered similar injuries in an accident. Typically, a judge will protect the funds issued in a personal injury claim for a minor child until your child turns eighteen.
4. If I suffered injuries on an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile in Woodbury while at work, how does it change the personal injury claim process?
If you suffered injuries in an accident at work, regardless of who caused your accident and your injuries, you may have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Minnesota workers’ compensation will pay out 2/3 of your income and the medical expenses related to your injuries following a workplace accident. However, you may also have the right to move forward with a personal injury claim if someone else’s negligence led to your injuries or if you sustained serious injuries due to negligence on the part of your employer.
5. How long does it take to settle a Woodbury ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident claim?
The length of your claim may depend on the factors surrounding your accident. First and foremost, you may need time to recover from your injuries. Your doctor might not even know how much you will recover, especially if you sustained severe injuries like spinal cord injuries in your ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident.
You may also need time for:
- Investigation. Both your attorney and the liable party’s insurance company may need time to investigate the claim before you can move forward.
- Negotiation. The liable entity, whether a private entity or insurance company, may require you to go through several rounds of negotiation before you can arrive at a settlement agreement.
- Court, if needed. Sometimes, you may have to go to court to settle your ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident claim, especially if the liable party or the liable party’s insurance company tries to dispute fault for the accident.
6. What should I do if the liable party’s insurance company offers me a settlement after a Woodbury ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident?
Consult with an attorney before taking any settlement offer provided by the liable party’s insurance company. Sometimes, the insurance company will try to get to you fast, before you have a chance to talk to an attorney or even to get an idea of what your future medical bills will look like. The company may offer a settlement that does not reflect your real needs following the accident and that certainly fails to provide you with the compensation you really deserve for your injuries. Let the insurance adjuster know that you need a chance to consider the offer and talk it over with your attorney before accepting. Often, having an attorney on your side can help increase the compensation offered by the insurance company or liable party.
Do You Need a Lawyer After a Snowmobile, ATV, or UTV Accident in Woodbury?
If you suffered serious injuries in a Woodbury accident involving an ATV, UTV, or snowmobile, we can help you determine who bears liability for your injuries and how much compensation you deserve. Contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today at (651) 358-2531 to learn more about your right to compensation following a severe ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident.