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Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Recreational vehicles are used in all seasons throughout Colorado and are intended to be a source of fun, enjoyment, and leisure. However, accidents are very common with all-terrain vehicles (ATV), recreational vehicles (RV), motor homes, dirt bikes and off-road vehicles. ATV crashes can result in very serious injuries and often death.

Although accidents are unavoidable at times, if it happened due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible to be compensated for the various losses that are a direct result of this action. This can be in the form of damages that help you pay for medical bills and regain some of the wages that may have been lost. It is your right to sue for damages and simply not wanting to be "litigious" is not a valid reason to refrain from this pursuit.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an off-road recreational vehicle accident, it is very important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

If your off-road vehicle accident was caused by the negligence of another person, you only have two years after the date of your injury to file a lawsuit against the negligent party for the injuries you sustained. According to the Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-102, this time period, which is also known as a statute of limitations or SOL, prevents the injured party from filing a lawsuit for damages arising out of a tort claim after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, it is very important to contact a personal injury attorney in Denver to ensure your lawsuit for damages is not barred and that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Denver Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorney

Contact the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today at (303)-458-5000 for a consultation about your off-road vehicle accident throughout Denver and the surrounding areas of Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, Aurora, Thornton, Westminster, Centennial and Littleton. Attorney Jennifer L. Donaldson is knowledgeable in all areas of Colorado’s vehicle accident laws and will actively pursue just compensation for the injuries you suffered while on an off-road vehicle.


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Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Accident Injuries

Off-road vehicle accidents in Denver can result in any of the following types of injuries:

  • Back injuries;
  • Brain injuries;
  • Broken, crushed or fractured bones;
  • Concussions;
  • Contusions;
  • Head trauma;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Paraplegia;
  • Quadriplegia;
  • Severed limbs; and/or
  • Spinal cord injuries.

Off-road vehicle accidents in Denver often occur due to the following:

  • If you are hit by another car while on your off-road vehicle;
  • If you are injured on another person's property while on your off-road vehicle;
  • If you were injured while on another person's off-road vehicle;
  • If the off-road vehicle was faulty due to poor design or manufacturing;
  • If your child was injured on an off-road vehicle due to negligent supervision;
  • If the off-road vehicle was not properly repaired; or
  • If the owner of the off-road vehicle did not adhere to accepted safety standards.

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Denver Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Claims

Accidents that involve an off-road recreational vehicle can be catastrophic and result in serious and debilitating injuries. If you were injured while riding an off-road vehicle from the negligence of another person in Denver, it is very important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Generally, your claim for injuries and damages will be submitted to the negligent party's insurance provider. However, insurance companies will commonly attempt to delay your claim, dispute the level of your injuries, refuse to completely compensate you for your damages, or deny your claim altogether.

If you have been injured in an off-road recreational vehicle accident in Colorado, your personal injury lawyer will have to prove the accident occurred as a result of the negligence of another person, business or entity when filing a lawsuit for compensation for your injuries.

In order to recover damages in your negligence lawsuit, your attorney will have to prove the negligent party owed you some duty, they breached this duty, and you actually and proximately sustained injuries as a result of their breach. Additionally, your attorney must prove these elements of a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence, which is a burden of proof your attorney must establish at trial. This burden of proof is met or satisfied if the evidence weighs more in your favor than it does not, or by at least 51%.


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Off-Road Vehicle Damages in Colorado

If you have been injured in an off-road vehicle accident in Colorado, you are legally allowed to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses from the negligent party. Pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes Article 21 of Chapter 13, you may be able to recover any of the following forms of damages for your off-road vehicle crash:

  • Economic Damages — These damages compensate injured parties for all financial losses they have sustained or will sustain in the future as a result of off-road vehicle crashes, and may include any of the following:
    • Loss of income;
    • Medical and rehabilitation expenses;
    • Reduced earning capacity; and
    • Any additional out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Noneconomic Damages — These damages compensate injured parties for non-monetary losses. Colorado state law limits these types of damages to $500,000, and they may include any of the following:
    • Loss of life enjoyment;
    • Physical pain and suffering;
    • Normal lifestyle impairment;
    • Mental anguish and emotional stress; and/or
    • Any additional inconvenience.
  • Physical Impairment and Disfigurement — These damages compensate the injured party for any permanent physical scars, disability or disfigurement they may have suffered as a result of the off-road recreational vehicle crash.

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Colorado ATV Accident Resources

Colorado Parks and Wildlife | Off-Highway Vehicle Registrations — ATVs and other off-highway vehicles such as motorcycles, dirt bikes, and dune buggies need to be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. On this website you can learn about who needs to register, what the registration fees are, and how registration decals should be affixed. You can also find locations for registration as well as information on trails in Colorado.

1313 Sherman Street
6th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 297-1192

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety | Children's Hospital Colorado — According to this section of the Children's Hospital website, a nearly 30-year study found that nearly 12,000 people were killed in the United States while riding ATVs. A quarter of those fatalities were children younger than 16 years of age. You can learn more about safety guidelines as well as who should and should not ride certain kinds of ATVs.

Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
(720) 777-1234

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Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Denver Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyer

With all that can be potentially lost, if you have been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, now is the time to focus on finding solutions to this major issue. Contact the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today for a free initial consultation about your off-road recreational vehicle accident in Denver County and the surrounding areas of Boulder County, Jefferson County, Adams County and Arapahoe County.

Jennifer Donaldson is a knowledgeable Denver personal injury lawyer who will listen to the facts of your situation and provide caring and experienced representation in order to make every effort to help you recover full and fair compensation for your physical, medical and emotional damages. Contact the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303)-458-5000 or submit an online form for a consultation about your recreational vehicle accident in Denver today.

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