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Elmira ATV and Boating Accident Attorneys

New York ATV Accidents

ATV accidents are dangerous. In 2010, 317 people died in an ATV-related incident. 115,000 people visited the emergency room as a result of ATV accidents. Even more tragic, many of these injuries involve children. Seventeen percent of the deaths and 25% of all injuries involving ATVs occur among children under the age of 16.

The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, have represented many clients injured in ATV accidents. Our Elmira, NY accident lawyers know that serious injuries can have a significant financial and emotional impact that extends beyond the accident scene, and we work hard to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of an ATV accident in the Elmira, NY area, call us or contact us via our online contact form.

ATV Accidents and New York Laws

Many of the ATVs still in use were produced prior to current regulations, and millions of defective vehicles sold were never recalled. As a result, some ATV accidents occur simply because the vehicle itself is dangerous. This is known as a product defect and is governed under product liability law, which holds manufacturers strictly liable for injuries.

Other ATV accidents occur because of negligent operation. New York law governs the use of ATVs, including the following rules:

  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.
  • All riders (operator and passengers) must wear a helmet at all times.
  • All ATVs must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No one under 10 may ride or operate an ATV.
  • Operators between 10 and 15 may ride an ATV if they are on their parent’s land and supervised by a parent, or on their parent’s land and in possession of a safety training certificate.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.

When these safety rules are not adhered to, serious injuries can result – and the negligent owner or operator may be legally responsible.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in an ATV accident, the personal injury attorneys of The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP can help. Contact us today for a free case review.

New York Boating Accidents

Boating in the Elmira, NY area is a popular pastime, but it can also be a dangerous one. In 2010, the Coast Guard counted 4,604 recreational boating accidents, including 672 deaths, 3,153 injuries and approximately $35.5 million dollars of property damage.

The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have represented many clients injured in boating accidents. We know that serious injuries can have a significant financial and emotional impact that extends beyond the accident scene, and we work hard to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a boating accident, call us or contact us via our online contact form.

Boating accidents are often caused by negligence or inexperience. Only 9% of fatalities occur on boats involving operators who have completed boating safety instruction.  Some of the chief factors involved in boating accidents include:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed
  • Alcohol

Boating accidents are governed by a number of city, county and state laws. Boat owners are obligated to operate their crafts responsibly – and they may be held liable for any negligence even if someone else is operating their boat.

When a boating accident occurs, New York law requires that a report must be filed if there were injuries requiring medical attention beyond basic first aid or if the accident caused property damage above a certain amount.

Whether you were the occupant of a boat improperly operated or your boat was crashed into by another vessel, if you sustain serious injuries, you may have legal rights to file for damages. Maritime law can be complicated, however, and you need the assistance of a law firm familiar with boating accident claims.

Contact Our New York Accident and Injury Law Firm

At The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our injury lawyers have helped many New Yorkers injured in boating accidents. Experience counts – our successful track record can help ensure that your case is treated with respect and that you receive the maximum damages allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a boating accident in the Elmira, NY area, call our accident and injury attorneys or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Watertown, Rochester and Binghamton.

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