Los Angeles attorney Joshua W. Glotzer is dedicated to helping you fight for compensation after a recreational vehicle accident. Since you have little protecting you from the outside elements, recreational vehicle accident ins can be catastrophic. Filing a personal injury claim for damages can limit the financial pressures you face and help you on your road to recovery. Call Glotzer & Leib, LLP today to learn more about how our experienced Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident attorneys can help you after an accident.
Recreational Vehicle Accident Injuries
Recreational vehicle use has exploded in popularity in Los Angeles over the past few decades. More people are using these pieces of recreational equipment to enjoy the city and surrounding areas. On a warm and breezy day, chances are high that you will see someone speeding along on a boat or jetski, navigating the waters on a sailboat, or racing dirtbikes and ATVs along open trails. As recreational vehicles become more popular, so do the number of accidents and injuries that occur.
Commonly reported recreational vehicle accident injuries include:
- Vision and hearing impairment
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck and whiplash injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Paralysis, and
What Causes Recreational Vehicle Accidents in Los Angeles?
Recreational vehicle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most frequently cited causes of recreational vehicle accidents in Los Angeles:
Operator Error: insufficient training, distracted riding, alcohol and/or drug use, speeding
Equipment Malfunction: defective equipment, lack of safety controls, inherently dangerous products
Dangerous Conditions: road and trail hazards, limited visibility, harsh weather conditions.
Why Should I Hire a Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident you may be considering legal action. Here’s why you should hire an attorney to handle your case:
- You’re overwhelmed and stressed out.
While some recreational vehicle accident injuries can be relatively minor, most will be painful and require extensive medical care. Instead of splitting your focus and trying to handle everything yourself, you should hire an attorney to handle any legal issue. This will not only give you the time to focus on your recovery, but put your case in the hands of an experienced legal professional.
- You may not know how much your claim is worth.
How much is your personal injury claim worth? If you do not hire an attorney you may be forced to accept the value that is calculated by the at-fault party’s insurance company. These companies are only looking out for their bottom line and will do anything they can to limit the amount of money you receive. When you hire an attorney, we will thoroughly investigate your accident, determine the extent of your injuries, and calculate the damages you have sustained.
- It is important to level the playing field.
Insurance companies will be represented by experienced legal professionals who understand how to manipulate a stressful situation. They know what to say to get you to accept an early lowball offer. When you are represented by an attorney, you take away any advantage the insurance company once had. Your attorney will know how these insurance companies operate and will be prepared to leverage them into offering you a meaningful settlement.
Who is Liable for My Recreational Vehicle Accident Injuries?
Understanding what caused your Los Angeles recreational vehicle accident will essential for determining liability. Just as there are many different potential causes of an accident, there are also many different potentially liable parties.
If you operate a recreational vehicle you have an obligation to (1) secure the proper training and licensing, (2) follow local laws, and (3) operate your vehicle in a way that doesn’t put others in harm’s way. If you fail to uphold these responsibilities and cause an accident, you can be held financially responsible for injuries that occur. This is also true if you are injured because of another recreational vehicle driver’s negligence. They owe you a duty of care and can be held liable for injuries that they cause.
Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers
Any company that puts a recreational vehicle out on the market can be held strictly liable for any injuries that are caused by a defect or danger in that product. California’s product liability laws apply to all companies that design, manufacture, and/or sell recreational vehicles. These laws encourage manufacturers to make sure that the recreational vehicles they produce are safe for consumers and will not cause them harm.
Los Angeles and California
Sometimes an accident can be the result of government negligence. The prime example of this is when an accident is caused by a dangerous condition on public property. If the government agency responsible for maintaining that area knows (or should have known) about a hazard, but failed to take reasonable steps to fix it, it can be held liable for resulting injuries.
When Can I File a Recreational Vehicle Accident Claim?
If another person’s negligence caused your recreational vehicle accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. However, if you fail to file your claim before the applicable statute of limitations runs you will be prevented from recovering the money to which you are entitled. In most cases, you have two years to file a claim after your accident.
Extending the Statute of Limitations
It is important to note that the statute of limitations can be tolled (or extended) in limited situations. If extenuating circumstances are present, and applying the statute of limitations would be unfair, the state may agree to prolong the period of time in which you can file a claim. The statute of limitations for a recreational vehicle accident injury claim may be extended if:
- You were under the age of 18 at the time of your accident,
- The defendant responsible for your injuries cannot be found or is incarcerated, or
- You did not discover your injury right away, and there is a reasonable explanation for the delay.
When you believe that the government is responsible for your injuries you have the right to request monetary damages. However, the process for filing a claim is accelerated. In these situations, you must file a claim directly with the government agency within 180 days of your accident.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Recreational Vehicle Accident?
Los Angeles recreational accident victims may be entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their injuries. Commonly awarded damages include:
- Corrective surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and depression
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of consortium.
Los Angeles Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorneys
Have you been injured in a recreational vehicle accident in Los Angeles? Contact attorney Joshua W. Glotzer to find out how he can help you hold the negligent party responsible and recover meaningful compensation for your injuries. Mr. Glotzer has been practicing in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. In this time, he has successfully handled thousands of complex personal injury matters and recovered millions in compensation for his clients. Contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP today to request a free consultation. We will thoroughly review your case, explain the process of filing a claim, and provide an overview of your legal rights. It is important to take action quickly, so do not hesitate to call.