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All Terrain Vehicles, more commonly known as ATVs, can be safe when used responsibly but pose inherent dangers in many circumstances. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states: “ATVs are the fifth deadliest product that we oversee,” resulting 700 deaths and 136,000 emergency room visits each year.

ATV Injuries and Death

ATVs are heavy machines designed to handle rough terrain. When hitting an object or driven on rough or steep areas, they can overturn or throw people from the vehicle, causing severe injuries or death. More people are driving ATVs, either legally or illegally, on paved roads and highways, which has resulted in a 10% increase in ATV highway deaths this year (2016).

“Whiplash” is basically soft tissue damage to the neck or upper back; while you can get whiplash on a ride, while cycling or even while playing sports, the most common cause is an automobile accident. A car that is going in one direction and comes to a sudden, violent stop causes your body to stay in place, while your head whips forward, painfully overextending the neck. Whiplash can occur in a rear end accident too, even if your car is stationare; the sudden forward motion can jar your neck and cause damage and pain that lasts for months. On another part of the body, this type of injury could be called a strain or sprain.

When the accident occurs through no fault of your own, you rely on the other driver’s insurance company to address your claims. They may offer you a quick settlement but, before you accept, there are many things you should know.

The Damages You Can Recover

Under Alabama law, you have the right to monetary damages when the car accident occurred through the fault or recklessness of the other driver. Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:

Alabamians who are facing legal issues often wonder where they can go to obtain relief. The best way to determine this is to first learn a little bit about how the state's court system is structured.

Lower Level Courts

There are three "lower level” courts in Alabama:

  • District Court, which handles torts, small claims, family, and juvenile matters
  • Probate Court-where cases concerning estates and adoptions are heard
  • Municipal Court, which primarily handles cases dealing with traffic infractions and municipal ordinance violations.

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