July 6, 2023

How to Begin a Utility Vehicle Accident

Learn how to begin a utility vehicle accident personal injury or wrongful death case

How to Begin a Utility Vehicle Accident

How to Begin a Utility Vehicle Accident

You are here for legal advice about your personal injury or wrongful death case. Mike Burman at Burman Law offers a free consultation to answer your questions. During your consultation - if you are comfortable - Mike will cover these six key steps with you:

  • Preserve important physical evidence so nothing critical is lost
  • Interview witnesses and law enforcement
  • Take custody of photographs and video
  • Impound or take custody of the utility vehicle or the contents of the vehicle
  • Provide you with a free case evaluation so you understand what the case is about
  • Provide you with a plan of action so you understand how the case will be handled

Mike is a death and injury lawyer with 25+ years of experience helping hundreds of accident victims against at-fault commercial operators and careless drivers of all types. Other lawyers often call Mike for advice with their personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. Once you begin your free case evaluation with Mike, you will know the legal advice is coming from an experienced attorney.

There is never any pressure. Your consultation is strictly confidential. Mike will provide legal advice and answer all your questions. and explain traffic laws, so you know what is important about your case. If you are dealing with an insurance company adjuster, Mike will give you advice based on years of experience.

Mike and the staff at Burman Law understand that starting a personal injury case or wrongful death case can be overwhelming and intimidating. To help you, the friendly legal team at Burman Law average over 10 years of paralegal experience with personal injury claims and wrongful death claims. Your free access to the Burman Law Client Portal means you stay informed. You can contact us through the portal, by phone, by text, or by email. If you contact us on a workday, we almost always can respond to you that day.

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For the legal process to work, several steps in a utility vehicle accident claim must be addressed quickly, especially the preservation of evidence and the location of witnesses against the at-fault party. The police report or incident report needs to be checked for accuracy.  Medical treatment by specialized medical professionals familiar with motor vehicle accident injuries should begin. Medical bills and lost wages should be submitted to the insurance company for payment.  If your utility vehicle injury involves a boating accident, certain maritime laws need to be consulted.  In semi-truck cases involving 16-wheelers or 18-wheelers, accidents involving utility vehicles involve certain federal laws.

According to the 2022 UTV Fatalities Report done by consumerfed.org, out of the fatal utility vehicle accidents, 41.7% were the driver, 50.0% were the passenger, and 8.3% were a pedestrian. It is estimated that 58.3% of the fatalities were male and 41.7% were female.  

If you decide we will be your utility vehicle accident attorney, our legal team will help you:

  • make sure a proper accident report is filed
  • plan for medical expenses not paid by insurance
  • plan for lost income and time off from work
  • calendar the statute of limitations under state law so you do not miss any time limits
  • meet with surviving family members and explain the legal process
  • fill out the necessary paperwork for your insurance policy or insurance claim
  • provide advice on your property damage claim for automobile repairs or total loss or the replacement value
  • lay the foundation for you to receive a fair settlement amount without the expense and delay of a lawsuit


We handle every type of utility vehicle accident case.  Whether the utility vehicle is driven by a commercial operator with multiple utility vehicles, an off-road operator of an all-terrain passenger vehicle, or a rented sport utility vehicle side-by-side, we handle the case.  We investigate cases where there is no seatbelt or other safety feature that should prevent serious injuries.  We are especially concerned with utility vehicles that cause severe injuries in rollover accidents.  We handle crashes caused by at-fault semi-truck operators, trucking companies, commercial drivers, government operators, and large commercial truck operators that cause ATV accidents. We handle cases caused by drunk drivers.  We handle all types of motor vehicle accidents causing bodily injury from utility vehicle accidents.  We are more than a car accident lawyer because we can handle product liability claims or medical malpractice claims that can arise within utility vehicle accident cases.  We represent passengers injured by drunk driving from an auto accident, SUV crash, or truck crash that results in a UTV accident or all-terrain vehicle accident.  We handle cases where the operator has no driver’s license or is in violation of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations.  We handle cases for utility vehicle drivers and passengers resulting from utility vehicle crashes. We handle traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and all other significant injuries. Once we establish an attorney-client relationship with you, we take whatever legal action is necessary to protect your interests. Our law firm, through our free client portal, provides you 24/7/365 access to us should you have information about your case, or just wish to check in and see how your case is going. We help you document the information needed to prove your injury is related to the crash impact. We handle liens (liens are claims for reimbursement) by health care insurance companies which can be very high, especially in catastrophic injury cases. Our law firm handles medical malpractice cases that can arise within the big truck accident cases. We also handle short-term and long-term disability issues that arise in utility vehicle accident cases. And in wrongful death cases, we handle or assist with probate matters involving a decedent in a wrongful death lawsuit. We handle loss of consortium cases for the loss of a spouse or minor child. Our experience ranges from semi-truck accidents to farm vehicles. Our case values range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. We can practice in all federal or state courts throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.  Burman Law is a big truck accident lawyer with offices in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee to meet your needs, but most of our clients work with us “virtually” to meet their needs.


Every driver has a duty to exercise ordinary care when operating a utility vehicle for the safety of other persons using the highway. We investigate and prove fault by motorists who:

  • Fail to maintain a safe distance
  • Fail to slow to a safe speed or continually use excessive speed
  • Fail to allow time for safe clearance
  • Fail to obey traffic signals (i.e., red lights or stop signs)
  • Fail to keep a proper lookout for pedestrian traffic
  • Fail to pay attention, especially at night or during inclement weather
  • Fail to perceive a dangerous condition or immediate hazard
  • Fail to drive free of impairment by drugs or alcohol
  • Fail to stop operating a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle


Utility vehicle personal injury and death cases require quick attention from an experienced personal injury law firm. Mike Burman is a personal injury attorney with the staff and financial resources needed to take on any insurance company.  As your Government vehicle accident lawyer, Mike Burman and his law firm will work quickly to:

  • Understand the mechanism of injury causing pain and suffering or death
  • Look for hard-to-find injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or labral tears in the hip
  • Preserve evidence that could be washed away, destroyed, or lost
  • Study traffic patterns and traffic
  • Search for CCTv video/audio, ring doorbell cameras, police videos, and business cameras
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Engage experts in accident reconstruction to uncover critical facts
  • Download the “black box” speed and distance computer on the “at-fault” vehicle
  • Impound the at-fault vehicle and preserve contents in the at-fault vehicle

In every personal injury case, we investigate and preserve evidence. We locate and contact all available witnesses. We notify all necessary parties and insurance companies, notify all lienholders, gather and protect evidence and damages,  prepare a settlement demand, negotiate a Government vehicle accident settlement, resolve liens, and distribute a fair settlement to you. Automobile injury and death cases require quick attention from an experienced personal injury law firm. Mike Burman is a personal injury attorney with the staff and financial resources needed to take on any insurance company.  As your automobile accident lawyer, Mike Burman and his law firm will work quickly to answer all your questions and learn about your injuries-including those hard-to-find injuries that are oftentimes overlooked, such as brain injuries or labral tears in the hip.

Once evidence from the scene is secure, we use information technologies to transform this evidence into a visual representation of your Government vehicle crash to prove the harms and losses behind your injuries. Our in-house media service prepares professional digital charts, blowups, and videos while keeping costs under control. Our goal is to communicate your case so that anyone can “be sure” what happened and “understand” what should be done to right the wrong done to you. We work to provide the insurance adjuster with a thorough evaluation of your case so you achieve a full and fair out-of-court settlement.  But if you must file suit, Burman Law will help prepare your case for trial.  At trial, we will visualize your case to the jury, so the jury understands exactly what happened to you, and how your life changed. In this way, the jury has the power to right the wrong done to you.


Insurance companies and insurance adjusters use several tactics to deny claims and pay less than the value of the claim.  Some of the most common we see are:

  • Blaming accident victims for their own injuries
  • Reducing the value of the case by misinterpreting medical records
  • Denying the severe injuries are related to the accident
  • Making low settlement offers for pre-existing or age-related factors
  • Delaying claims as long as possible until you must take a low settlement offer
  • Making lowball settlement offers to reduce the amount you think is reasonable
  • Telling injury victims they do not need to hire a lawyer


We are paid a percentage of the money recovered in your case.  Many personal injury lawyers now charge a fee of 40% to begin your case.  Our fee has been one-third for more than twenty-five plus years.  We do not spend time or money on expensive television ads, and we pass that savings on to you.  There are no hidden disclaimers.  We are transparent at all times.

With our free consultation and free case evaluation services, you can discuss your utility vehicle accident  case with Mike Burman in confidence.  Mike will help you understand your rights and give you a plan of action based on real experience.  There is never any pressure.  We put all fees and case expenses in writing.  As a Burman Law client, you will receive our free client portal so you can post anything you want 24/7/365.  We respond to portal messages by the next business day, or sooner.   And you can always contact Mike on his personal cell phone number which he will give you.  Burman Law staff average ten years of paralegal experience.  Mike has more than 25+ years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death involving utility vehicle accidents and safety in Kentucky and Tennessee.

We would be honored to help you or your loved ones. You can schedule a consultation with Mike by clicking:


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