The popularity of all-terrain vehicles (or ATVs) has increased across the country because of aggressive marketing and manufacturers making these vehicles more attractive to consumers. With the increased popularity and use of these vehicles, there is a related increase in the number of accidents involving ATVs that result in serious injuries and even death. At Anderson Law | Injury Attorneys, Our best personal injury attorney has helped clients in Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Puyallup, and nearby cities who have been involved in ATV accidents to recover compensation for their injuries.
A leading cause of ATV accidents is tire blowouts. These blowouts happen suddenly and with no time for reaction, and even the sound from the blowout can give someone a heart attack. With a tire blowout, the ATV can spin out of control and even crash, especially if the driver starts wildly steering the ATV in a panic.
ATVs with the latest technology are designed to be safely controlled even with a tire blowout, but that takes an experienced driver to know what to do. An inexperienced driver can make decisions in an effort to control the ATV that, in fact, make the situation worse, including crashing or having the ATV rollover.
ATV tires are manufactured in strict adherence to quality control standards, but even that does not guarantee that a tire will not blow up while the ATV is in use. There are many reasons or causes for ATV tire blowouts, which include the following:
Old Age. Like everything else, tires get old after use beyond the recommended time. Manufacturers do their best to make tires that last longer than others before the advent of new tire technologies, but nothing lasts forever. Of all parts of the vehicle, the tire is probably the one that takes the most punishment as it must contend with all types of terrain and surfaces, as well as temperatures.
The tires are designed to expand and contract in response to changing pressure and temperature, but over time, this wears out, and the tire must be replaced. If not replaced, the worn tire can and often does lead to a blowout that, in turn, causes accidents. If an ATV rental company or another party fails to maintain the tires, they should be liable for injuries that result.
Damage. Roads and off-road paths are riddled with all kinds of debris, and an ATV will inevitably run over this debris at any given time. The driver may not notice or sense the obstacles, and running over objects can result in tire damage. In some cases, it may be just going over one sharp object that triggers a blowout. Other times, the damage is cumulative to a point the blowout occurs.
Typical debris that causes damage to tires include nails or rocks and these are known to cause serious ATV accidents. Debris like this causes small punctures that result in the air slowly draining out of the tire, and can suddenly lead to the tire blowing up because of a buildup of pressure that in turn causes the blowout.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an ATV tire blowout, contact our office for a free evaluation if you are in Bonney Lake, Auburn, Puyallup, nearby or surrounding cities. Our legal team represents the rights of injured individuals like you.
When accidents – such as car crashes – occur, the injuries sustained range from minor to severe and sometimes catastrophic or even deadly injuries. Somewhere in that range are injuries that are not fatal, but that also require professional medical attention.
These are injuries that cannot be treated with the use of simple first aid, so they require a visit to the emergency room. If you need medical treatment for an accidental injury, always discuss your rights to possible compensation for your medical costs with a personal injury law firm. DO not hesitate to contact Anderson Law | Injury Attorneys if you are nearby Bonney Lake, Auburn, Puyallup, and surrounding cities where we help injured clients to get the best possible outcome compensation.
Suffering any degree of burn requires a visit to the emergency room though others with means may opt to visit private urgent care centers where they may be seen faster than going to an emergency room. Doctors at these urgent care centers can take care of the wounds from the burns to prevent infection. However, these urgent care centers are only suitable to treat minor burns such as first-degree and small second-degree burns. More serious burns require going to the emergency room at a hospital near you.
A bone fracture caused by an accident requires the injured person to be seen by a doctor immediately. Symptoms of bone fractures include bruising, swelling, or bleeding in the area around the fractured bone. In cases where the fracture is near a joint, the injured person’s movement of that part of the body may be limited or painful, so getting immediate medical treatment can help in preventing the situation from getting worse.
Whiplash is a type of injury that most often occurs after a vehicle accident. The whiplash happens when the neck moves rapidly and forcefully and in a jolting manner, causing injury to the sensitive muscles and tendons. Symptoms of whiplash may include headaches, neck pain, and headaches. A whiplash injury – however minor – requires immediate medical treatment.
People sustain cuts of varying degrees, ranging from minor ones that only require a band-aid to serious ones that require an immediate visit to the emergency room for suturing. Underestimating or ignoring serious lacerations can result in infection and permanent scarring. Some lacerations can cut tendons or other soft tissue, so that will need professional medical repair, as well.
Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. The injuries sustained ranged from minor scrapes to life-altering spinal cord injuries. Some common fall-related injuries include:
A fall might not seem that serious at first, but if you feel any pain or you suffer back or head trauma, always seek medical attention immediately. You could have invisible injuries that will worsen without treatment.
Contact Anderson Law | Injury Attorneys and schedule with our best personal injury attorney a free case evaluation, if you have been injured in an accident requiring medical treatment. We are ready to help and assess your legal rights and options following an injury.
When a tire fails on an ATV, it can result in serious accidents and injuries. If the tire was defective, discuss the situation with an injury attorney who handles ATV accident claims.
ATV (all-terrain vehicle) generally refers to four-wheelers or “quads,” although they can also include:
ATVs are frequently used for recreation, but they have a wide variety of work-related applications as well. For example, ATVs are used:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over the last three decades, there have been 14,653 ATV accident deaths. Several hundred people die in ATV crashes every single year. On top of that, in a recent year, there were over 100,000 ATV accidents requiring emergency medical care. One-quarter of these ATV crash victims are under the age of 16.
A magazine called “ATV Rider” reported that 9 out of 10 ATV failures were related to two main issues: tires and getting stuck. ATV tires are designed to be driven over big, sharp rocks, drenched in the sand, soaked in mud, and to deal with big impacts from things like jumps or quick elevation drops.
An example of how an ATV tire might fail is if it was installed improperly (seal missing, never balanced, under or over-inflated), if a steel radial snaps (this is a metal ring inside the tire’s tread – when they snap, most tires will blow a 6” hole in them), or if the vulnerable sidewall becomes damaged. Sometimes, ATV tire defects are simply a result of a poor design or subpar materials (manufacturing defects).
Just like you need to rotate your car’s tires at set intervals, ATV tires need extra special attention. Maintaining optimal tire pressure is one of the single most important factors in ATV safety and upkeep. Each tire has a recommended PSI set by the manufacturer. You should get in the habit of checking your ATV’s tire pressure before each run over to the dunes in eastern Washington or weekly for daily-use ATVs (farmers, lifeguards).
One of the other most crucial tire safety tips for ATVs is to simply stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding tire size. Don’t get rid of “puffy” ATV tires because you prefer a low-profile look. Forget about looks and stay safe. Additionally, sometimes people will skimp on ATV tires (buying used tires with all different tread patterns, for example) because ATV upkeep is expensive. ATVs are an expensive hobby requiring costly trucks and trailers to haul them, ongoing trips to the gas pump, and gas in the hauling truck to get to the right terrain for ATV use. If you need to sit out a few weekends so you can buy safe tires, it’s worth it.
If you’ve had an issue with your ATV tires being defective and causing serious injury or property damage, please contact us right away. Anderson Law is a personal injury firm that also handles product liability. Contact us right now to get a free legal consultation for your case if you are in Bonney Lake, Auburn, Puyallup, nearby, or surrounding cities.
Being in an accident can put the brakes on your personal and professional life, limiting your ability to enjoy your hobbies, work, and support your family. If you are in an accident and someone else was at fault, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Connecting with an accident attorney right away can help ensure that you receive the full compensation you need for your losses.
Many different types of accidents happen in Auburn, WA, every day, and an accident can happen to you when you least expect it. You want an injury lawyer from Anderson Law Injury Attorneys on your side and protecting your rights.
Like any other place to live, work, or visit, Auburn comes with both benefits and risks. Auburn attracts people who love the outdoors and seek adventure, as well as families looking for a residential area to live outside of the city of Seattle.
These are only some examples of the injury risks in and around the Auburn area. If you think another person or company was to blame, you have legal rights, and a personal injury law firm in the area can help.
If you have been injured in an accident and suffered losses, have a personal injury lawyer evaluate your rights and options. They can help you pursue an auto insurance claim against a driver who hit you, file a claim against a store where you slipped and fell, file a homeowner’s claim against a dog owner, and more. Your lawyer will handle the entire insurance claim process, negotiating for the highest possible settlement offer in your circumstances.
If the insurance company is uncooperative, your injury lawyer can file a personal injury claim in the proper civil court. They will navigate litigation, seeking a settlement or jury award that covers your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
An injury attorney can help you navigate the complex claims process while you focus on seeking the medical treatment you need to recover your health. One of the experienced accident attorneys from Anderson Law is standing by to provide a risk-free consultation about your case, so contact our office today for more information
Riding motorcycles is getting more popular these days, especially when the weather in the Bonney Lake area is nice, but road hazards continue to be a common cause of motorcycle crashes. Hazards that would normally not have any effect on cars, such as uneven road surfaces, potholes, small objects, or wet pavement, are often dangerous for motorcyclists as they invariably cause a motorcycle to crash.
If you suffer injuries in a crash nearby or surrounding areas of Bonney Lake, contact our Motorcycle Accident Attorney from Anderson Law | Injury Attorneys, they can help you to obtain the best possible outcome from injuries and damages caused by someone else negligence.
It does not matter how experienced a motorcyclist is if they encounter hazards on the road, chances are their motorcycle will crash as there is little they can do to avoid the hazards. Some of the hazards can be simple or small things like leaves on the road that have been known to cause crashes.
Other hazards on the road that cause motorcycle crashes include the following:
If a motorcycle accident happens due to a poorly maintained road, the city or state might be responsible. These claims are complicated, however, so you need the right legal assistance. Time is often short, so reach out for a case evaluation today.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our office for a free consultation. The team at Anderson Law, PLLC, is ready to help.
Holidays are a festive season when people take things easy, often relaxing with family and friends. None more so than the end-of-the-year holidays, which can involve weeks of celebrating. Nothing can ruin the holidays faster, however, than an accident that occurs and leads to injuries because of negligence.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration reports, holiday fires kill more than 400 Americans and injure more than 1,600 people, causing a total of $990 million in damages. A common cause of injury or property damage that occurs during the holidays is fires caused by dry Christmas trees and unattended candles. From 2016 to 2018, there were approximately 100 Christmas tree fires and about 1,100 candle fires in November and December of each year, causing 30 deaths, 180 injuries, and nearly $56 million in property loss per year.
Fires are not the only cause of holiday injuries, however, and below are other reasons that you might have been injured at the end of 2021. Contact a Bonney Lake personal injury attorney if you think you might have a claim.
If you or a loved one was injured during the holidays, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. Filing a successful personal injury claim depends on several factors that one of our experienced lawyers at Anderson Law can assess and explain to you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Human beings and dogs have had a symbiotic relationship since dogs were domesticated ages ago. However, as loyal, loving, and kind as dogs can be, they can also be dangerous when their animal instinct is turned on or when they were not raised properly.
Reports indicate that there were 46 dog bite-related fatalities in the U.S. in 2020 and many additional dog bite-related injuries. Pit bulls were the most reportedly dangerous breed and the leading cause of those deaths, as they contributed to 72% of those deaths. However, any breed of dog can turn vicious and attack.
While you might first think of lacerations and traumatic physical injuries, dog bites can also result in serious infections and diseases that can impact your health and your future in costly ways.
At Anderson Law, our Bonney Lake, WA dog bite injury lawyers routinely help clients who have been injured by dog bites, and if you or your loved one is the victim of a dog attack, we can help determine how to obtain full compensation for your injuries.
Some of the most concerning harm from dog bites are the infections that usually develop within or around the injury area. When a dog bites, it often punctures the victim’s skin and creates a wound through which bacteria is directly injected into the victim’s body tissue. Some of the worst infections that come from dog bites include the following.
Though rare, the bacteria that causes this equally rare but potentially deadly infection lives and grows in the mouths of dogs and cats. Although these germs do not make the animal sick, they can cause serious infection in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is especially the case for people with compromised or weakened immune systems.
Sepsis happens when one’s body responds too aggressively to an infection. Under normal circumstances, the body secretes just the right amount of certain chemicals into the bloodstream to combat infection when an injury occurs. However, when the body over-reacts and sends an excessive amount of these chemicals into the bloodstream, sepsis can occur.
This excessive chemical injection into the bloodstream can begin to damage other internal systems, including the organs. Sepsis and related septic shock can happen to anyone, but the condition is especially dangerous to older people, pregnant women, infants under one year, and individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney or lung disease, or cancer.
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that is spread to humans through the saliva of an infected animal that bites the victim. Fortunately, and owing to widespread vaccination against the disease in U.S. dogs, it is now a less common disease in domestic animals. However, because rabies is fatal when not treated, it is best to be treated as though the dog was infected unless the dog’s owner shows proof that the dog has been vaccinated.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and injured, contact Anderson Law Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. We can discuss your legal options to obtain full compensation for your injuries from the owner of the dog in question.
Rain is essential to our environment and our lives in general – but with rain also comes an increased risk of road accidents. Rain has been and continues to be the cause of thousands of automobile accidents across the country, and more so here in the State of Washington due to our heavy rainfall.
Regardless of where you are, driving in the rain can lead to crashes and serious injuries. Even if you are as careful as possible, other drivers might not be, and they might cause serious accidents. Discuss what happened in your crash with a Bonney Lake, Wa car accident attorney as soon as possible.
The number one reason why auto accidents occur in the rain is simply that many drivers do not take steps to safely drive in the rain or during bad weather conditions. These types of drivers can be placed in two groups:
Both types of drivers pose a risk to other drivers on the road. The excessively timid driver often overestimates the danger of driving in the rain or weather conditions and, therefore, drives at unreasonably low speeds in the false belief that is the only way to safely drive through the rain. Driving slowly to the extreme can actually increase the chances of an accident occurring, often rear-end collisions.
The reckless driver is always a danger on the road, but especially in rainy conditions. These types of drivers often ignore or pay no attention to the rain or bad weather and drive at full highway speed or even faster, not caring that the visibility is low or that the roads are wet from the rain. This can result in chaotic accidents when a driver loses complete control of the vehicle and cannot steer or stop due to hydroplaning.
Rain can make it more challenging to stay on a roadway, to stop, or to avoid crashing onto another vehicle. When the road gets wet for the first time, oil rises to the surface and creates a greasy surface which makes the road slippery. A slippery road often makes it difficult to stop without skidding or hitting another vehicle if you are not driving at the right speed to safely slow down.
While rain can make for dangerous road conditions, it is often the actions of other drivers that result in crashes in the rain. If you have been injured in an accident, contact our law office for a free case evaluation. The right car accident lawyer can assess your rights and who might be responsible for your injuries and losses.
riving off-highway vehicles (OHVs), such as all-terrain vehicles or ATVs, is one of the most popular ways to explore the Bonney Lake area, the plateau, and the mountains, whether you are a resident or on vacation. ATVs are also very useful for farm laborers and farmers. But sometimes, the enjoyable and exciting nature of driving ATVs could mask the significant risk of injuries that might occur when you’re out and about having fun on an ATV.
Based on a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 524,600 reported injuries related to OHVs that were required emergency medical care between the years of 2015 and 2019 in the U.S. Of these reported injuries, 1,697 deaths resulted from ATV accidents, and most of the victims were kids under 16 years old.
Anyone injured in an ATV rollover crash should discuss their rights with a Bonney Lake ATV accident attorney right away.
ATV rollover crashes involve an ATV tipping over to the side or completely rolling over until the vehicle lands upside down. In more serious rollover crashes, the ATV might roll over several times before completely coming to a stop. ATVs could roll over for various reasons. Unfortunately, the resulting injuries are usually fatal or catastrophic. Likewise, ATVs are specifically linked to an increased risk of rollover crashes.
ATV rollovers usually happen due to tripping, which occurs when the vehicle’s tire hits something, such as soft soil, a bump, or a curb, disrupting its forward motion and causing it to roll sideways or forward. ATV rollover crashes can likewise occur due to defective parts, dangerous roadways, or the vehicle’s faulty design. In addition, inclement weather conditions or other motorists’ negligent actions could raise the risk of an ATV rollover crash.
As with motor vehicle accidents, like truck, car, or motorcycle crashes, injured ATV rollover accident victims may be entitled to recover medical bills, lost earnings, property damage, and pain and suffering damages from the insurance provider of the at-fault party. Potentially liable parties could include:
Also, keep in mind that adults who failed to uphold their duties and their negligent acts caused injuries to a minor individual in an ATV accident could also be potentially liable for the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an ATV rollover crash or another kind of ATV accident, get in touch with Anderson Law, PLLC, for legal guidance. To schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Washington ATV accident lawyer, contact us online or call 253-862-1811.
Even seemingly minor injuries could sometimes be painful and overwhelming, particularly when they affect sensitive body parts. In some cases, injuries following an accident can be treated easily and won’t require emergency treatment. However, some injuries resulting from serious accidents could cause severe injuries that will require prompt medical treatment at an emergency or urgent care setting, to assess and prevent loss of life, complications, or permanent impairments.
Since even seemingly minor concussions could lead to brain swelling and internal bleeding if not addressed immediately, brain and head injuries necessitate strongly considering reporting for emergency or urgent care, especially when they’re accompanied by the following symptoms:
Any damage to the eye, especially if there are cuts and/or bleeding, would probably benefit from prompt medical attention. Likewise, it’s best to seek emergency care if you experience cloudy, dark, or bright areas in your vision because this could indicate a serious issue such as a detached retina.
Severe puncture wounds and cuts could result in nerve damage, severe bleeding, or amputation. You should also consider getting prompt medical help if foreign materials enter your body through a serious laceration to avoid severe infection.
First-degree or minor burns that only affect the topmost layer of the skin can likely be treated with simple home remedies, such as cooling the affected area with cold water, applying soothing creams like aloe vera, and taking an OTC pain reliever. On the other hand, second to fourth-degree burns likely require emergency treatment to prevent permanent tissue damage, scarring, disfigurement, and impaired mobility.
These could occur due to serious impacts or falls. A fractured bone should be immobilized immediately, and manipulation of the fractured area must be avoided. Keep in mind that fractures could sever nerves or blood vessels if not immobilized and could result in more serious injury, so obtain emergency treatment to avoid further complications.
It is likewise crucial to note that even minor symptoms could indicate more serious issues, particularly for smaller kids and older adults who might also have pre-existing health problems. Emergency care following an accident should also be sought if you have any of these symptoms:
If you’ve suffered serious personal injuries in any type of accident, seek help from Anderson Law, PLLC, today. You can learn more about seeking compensation for your losses through a free consultation with our skilled personal injury lawyer in Washington. Schedule your appointment online or by phone at 253-862-1811.