Central Florida Off-Road Accident Lawyers
The Sunshine State is known for outdoor activities and fun. Although much of the state has flat terrain, there are many recreational parks, preserves, trails, beaches, and forests to plan an off-road adventure. However, it is no surprise that off-roading is a dangerous sport, and participants are at risk for single or multiple-vehicle collisions, rollovers, and crashes with fixed objects.
The Hazards of Off-Road Driving
Common causes of crashes are speeding, operator error, vehicle defects, performing dangerous stunts, driving on a paved road, and intoxication. In addition, these vehicles provide little protection to occupants, have a higher center of gravity, and often lack safety features like seat belts and roll bars.
Off-road accidents result in serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, organ damage, and spinal cord injuries. In many cases, these injuries lead to permanent disabilities or death. It is essential to seek prompt medical attention following an accident, as hidden injuries may not be immediately apparent. Additionally, your medical record is the foundation of a liability claim.
Representing Clients after Motorsport Accidents
If you or a loved one are injured in an off-road accident, it is imperative to seek legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights and ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries. The Mapp & Parker, P.A. attorneys have extensive experience in off-road accident claims. Our personal injury law firm has a powerful track record of results in helping our clients recover financially and physically from harm in negligence claims.
Examples of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) are:
- All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
- Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs)
- Dirt Bikes
- Dune Buggies
- Four-Wheel Drive Trucks
- Side by Side Vehicles
- Golf Carts
Off-road accidents occur at many locations, such as private property, public property, designated off-road areas, or even regular roadways. Occupants of these vehicles may not carry insurance specifically for off-road driving, but their auto or medical insurance may cover accidents. A parent’s auto insurance may offer coverage for a minor. A homeowner’s policy may provide coverage for injuries on private property. However, an accident claim can become complicated if the operator is on private property as a trespasser or not in a designated off-road driving area.
What Factors Determine Liable Parties?
A responsible party in an accident may be an owner who has neglected to maintain the vehicle properly, or it may be an adult or guardian who allowed children to operate the vehicle without proper supervision. If a vehicle malfunctions or has a design defect, the manufacturer is potentially liable for injuries sustained in an accident. Our attorneys can help navigate liability issues and negotiate with insurance companies for proper compensation for the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Off-road enthusiasts should always practice safety measures and adhere to state and local regulations to prevent accidents. As an owner or operator of an off-road vehicle, you are expected to be mindful of the safety of others. Responsible safety precautions can significantly minimize the risks of accidents. When there is an accident, even if you are partly at fault, you may still recover reduced compensation to help pay for your injuries and damages under Florida’s doctrine of comparative negligence.
Get Legal Help Today
Emotions run high after an off-road accident, especially when minors are involved or if the defendant is a friend or family member. At Mapp & Parker, P.A., we are sensitive to these issues. Let us examine the evidence and determine if negligence played a role in the accident. We are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to deny, delay, and undervalue claims. Our attorneys can guide you throughout the legal process and protect you and your loved ones.
At Mapp & Parker, P.A., we are prepared to investigate your claim and discuss your legal options to help recover total compensation. Our attorneys are strong advocates for those harmed by the actions of others. We are always ready to go the extra mile to help you reach and exceed your goals. Call our Orlando, Florida, based law firm at 407-894-1285 to schedule a Free Consultation. We represent clients throughout Central Florida.