ATV Accident Lawyer – Ottawa, Ontario
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All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Accidents in Ottawa
According to Statistics Canada, an average of 100 fatal all-terrain accidents were recorded across the country every year from 2013 to 2019. Many of these ATV accidents happen due to unpredictable and hazardous terrain, lack of standard road safeguards, and the absence of motor vehicle safety features like seat belts and airbags. All-terrain vehicles are a lot like motorcycles: they can be just as fun and just as dangerous.
The basic requirements for the use of ATVs in Ontario should be well-known but are often ignored:
- Drivers and passengers must wear approved motorcycle helmets;
- Riders must have at least a valid G2 or M2 driver’s license to operate on-road and must have a valid driver’s license (i.e. minimum G1) to directly cross a road.
- All ATVs must also be insured when operated off of the vehicle owner’s private property. As mandated by the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
- Any ATV being operated on a road must have the same insurance as a passenger car.
- The same laws regarding impaired operation (drugs or alcohol) apply to ATVs as to cars.
To snowmobile legally in Ontario, you must have:
- A valid driver’s license
- Proof of snowmobile ownership
- Registration complete with current validation tag
Were You Involved in an ATV Accident?
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The laws relating to the use of ATVs and ATV riders are manifold and may involve the Insurance Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act and the Highway Traffic Act. And when an accident involving an ATV results in serious or even catastrophic injuries, the claims become all the more complex. In those cases, injured accident victims need lawyers who are experienced in dealing with the legal and factual issues that are special in ATV or off-road vehicle claims.
The ATV accident lawyers at McNally Gervan are experienced at helping people who have suffered serious injuries in ATV accidents across Ontario. They have years of experience in managing complex claims and in helping accident victims get access to the insurance and other benefits they are entitled to so that they can get their lives back on track. Compensation for serious ATV accidents often includes damages for pain and suffering, compensation for past and future losses of income, and the recovery of past and ongoing medical and rehabilitation costs.
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ATV and Off-Road Vehicle Accident Articles
For many years most of ATVs and recreational vehicle operators have not been permitted to use public roads. Starting on July 1, 2015, the province is making changes to permit certain types of vehicles to use the shoulder of public roads and they have implemented...
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that an ATV is not a farm implement within the meaning of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act and therefore has to be insured if used on a public road. A Perth cattle farmer, Arthur Matheson, used his Honda ATV to travel from...
An Ontario judge has ruled that a Perth farmer can sue and can get access to certain insurance benefits in connection with a 2008 accident, even though the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was driving was not insured at the time of the accident. The Insurance Act...