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Rochester New York ATV and Boat Accident Lawyers

If you or a family member has been injured in an all-terrain vehicle or boating accident, our New York ATV and Boat Accident Lawyers are ready to help right now. All of us at the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, are proud of our proven record of getting results for clients in Rochester and throughout New York. We’re ready to fight for your legal rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at for a free consultation about your case. If you’re unable to travel, we make house calls. We can meet with you at your home or hospital in Rochester and surrounding areas. If you have a case, we hope you’ll let us go to work for you!

Our Rochester ATV Accident Attorneys Understand All-Terrain Vehicle Accidents

Just about everyone has seen an all-terrain vehicle:  A small, three- or four-wheeled, engine-powered vehicle steered with handlebars and meant to be ridden off-road over all sorts of rough terrain. ATVs have proven to be immensely popular, with hundreds of thousands sold every year in the United States. They serve recreational riders who ride for fun, and they serve critical roles for rescue and law enforcement personnel.

Three-wheeled ATVs, or trikes, were the first type to hit the U.S. market in large numbers in the 1970s. Three-wheelers were involved in so many rollovers, however, that the federal government sued manufacturers for violating the Consumer Product Safety Act. Those sorts of safety concerns brought an end to three-wheeled ATV production in 1987. Later, in 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Act banned three-wheeled ATVs. Even so, the millions of extremely dangerous and defective three-wheelers already sold were never recalled, and many remain in use today.

Four-wheeled ATV sales filled the gap after three-wheelers were no longer available.

Unfortunately, ATVs continue to generate alarming injury rates. According to a December 2011 report from the federal Consumer Products Safety Commission, hundreds of ATV riders of all ages die or suffer permanent serious injuries every year. The agency reports that approximately 115,000 emergency room injuries were associated with ATVs in 2010, with a quarter of those involving children under the age of 16. Between 1982 and 2010, over 11,000 people died in ATV-related accidents, with 314 of those deaths being in New York. Once more, a quarter of the people who died were children under age 16, the agency says.

What Can Cause New York ATV Accidents?

Manufacturers have a duty to produce ATVs that are safe for consumers to use. This means that the ATV’s design has to be safe and that individual ATVs must be safe when they are made and distributed for sale.

Too often that doesn’t happen. ATVs can have defects that make them unsafe. These can be “design defects,” which refer to errors in the ATV’s design that make the ATV dangerous. They also can be “manufacturing defects,” which means that something went wrong when the ATV was made or assembled for sale. There also can be “failure to warn” defects, where a manufacturer knows about a hazard regarding its ATV but doesn’t warn consumers about it. Hundreds of thousands of ATVs have been recalled for a wide variety of defects since 2000.

ATV injuries also can happen when another person’s negligence causes an ATV wreck or some other type of ATV accident.

Have You Been in a New York ATV Accident?

If you or a family member has been injured in a New York ATV accident, whether because of a defect in the ATV or because of someone else’s negligence, then you have a claim for compensation. You could be entitled to recover for your loss of past and future income, your pain and suffering because of the accident, and your medical bills and vehicle repair costs. If a family member was killed in an ATV accident, then his or her survivors can bring a wrongful death suit.

Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience helping people who have been injured in ATV accidents. Contact the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, today for a free case evaluation. If you have a case, we’re ready to start fighting for you, right away!

About Rochester Boating Accidents

Have you been involved in a New York boating accident? Recreational boating accidents can happen for a lot of reasons. If you have a boating mishap, it’s important to know what to do, and what your rights are. At the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we can help.

Every year the United States Coast Guard issues a report on recreational boating accidents. According to the agency, the most common types of accidents are collisions between recreational boats, collisions with fixed objects, flooding or swamping of boats, water skiing accidents, and capsizing. In New York in 2010, there were over 200 such accidents reported, resulting in 27 deaths and 140 injuries.

The agency has identified several factors that commonly contribute to such crashes and the resulting injuries to boaters and their passengers, including:

  • Operator Inattention and Inexperience
  • Failure To Maintain A Proper Lookout
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Excessive Speed
  • Boating In Bad Weather
  • Boating With Poorly-Maintained Equipment
  • Failure To Obey The “Traffic Rules” For Boats

Have You Been in A New York Boating Accident?

Federal regulations require that boating accidents be reported if someone dies or requires medical treatment that goes beyond mere first aid or if property damage is $2,000 or more. If you’re involved in a boating accident, it’s important to remain on the scene, render any necessary aid, report the accident, and notify your insurance company.

If you’re the victim of a boating accident that happened because of someone else’s fault, you may have a claim for compensation. Available damages can include compensation for your pain and suffering due to the accident, lost wages, medical bills, and property repair costs. If a family member was killed in a boating accident, then the survivors can bring a wrongful death suit.

Contact Our Rochester Boating Accident Lawyers Today

Call us today if you or a family member has been hurt in a boating near Rochester or elsewhere in New York. You can call or use our online form. We will always discuss your case at no cost to you. If you cannot travel to our offices, we make house calls and can visit you at home or in the hospital.

We represent accident victims and their families throughout Rochester and across New York, including  Syracuse, Watertown, Elmira, and Binghamton.

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