Florida offers countless opportunities for recreation for tourists and residents alike, on both land and water. Recreational activities are available almost year-round for fun and enjoyment, but they carry risks as well. A person operating a recreational vehicle negligently could be liable for the injuries they cause. In the case of a dangerous or defective vehicle, a manufacturer, retailer, or a business that rents out such vehicles could be liable for injuries and damages. An experienced Florida recreational vehicle accident lawyer can review your case and fight to recover compensation for you.
Florida law requires anyone under the age of 16 riding an ATV to wear a helmet and eye protection. The state does not require ATV owners to register their vehicles, but it does require them to have title documents. ATV’s can be very dangerous, given that they are most enjoyable in rugged areas. Between 1982 and 2010, at least 465 people in Florida died in ATV-related accidents. Of that number, more than one hundred were children under the age of 16.
Anyone operating an ATV has the same responsibilities as someone driving a car: they must drive safely and obey all applicable laws. People who, through negligence, violate this duty of care and cause an accident are liable if anyone is injured or killed. Damages can include an injured person’s medical expenses, lost wages from missed time at work due to injuries, costs of rehabilitation and other treatment, future medical expenses, and compensation for an injured person’s pain and suffering.
If an ATV fails to operate properly because of a defective condition, then the company that produces it could be liable under the theory of products liability. This applies to products sold to the public that are defective in their design or manufacturing.