FAQ on ATV Accidents

What is an ATV? An ATV-or all-terrain vehicle-is an off-road, motorized vehicle having three or four low pressure tires, a straddle seat for the operator, and handlebars for steering control. ATVs are designed to carry one rider on rougher terrain than public roads and are often used in farming, ranch, and industrial operations and recreationally.

How prevalent are ATV accidents? Each year, hundreds of people are killed and over 135,000 injured in ATV accidents. ATV accidents are on the rise, with the rate of ATV-related fatalities increasing by 60 percent and non-fatal injuries increasing by 48 percent between 2000 and 2005 alone.

Who is at risk for ATV accidents? Children are at a high risk for ATV accidents. In fact, so many children are injured in ATV accidents each year that many experts believe individuals should be 16 or older to ride these vehicles (much like cars). Males also appear to be at higher risk for ATV accidents. Furthermore, less experienced riders and those that ride less frequently appear to be at higher risk. Individuals who have not gone through safety training and lack the necessary physical strength and maturity to safely ride ATVs are also at a higher risk. Reckless and unsafe riding by any ATV operator also increases the risks of ATV accidents.

What are the common injuries in ATV accidents? Common ATV accident injuries can include broken bones, wounds, head injuries, facial injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, thoracic injuries, abdominal injuries, asphyxiation, and even death.

Who can be held liable for ATV accidents? Liability in ATV accidents depends on the complex factors involved in an accident. In some cases a negligent supervisor of a child operating an ATV can be held liable if that child is in an ATV accident. In many cases, the makers of ATVs can be held liable for ATV accidents, especially when an ATV defect caused or contributed to the accident. Determining liability in an ATV accident is complicated. It is best to seek the help of a qualified and experienced ATV accident attorney who can investigate your accident for liability and determine if you may be able to seek compensation for your losses and suffering.

What should I do if I have been in an ATV accident? If you have been in an ATV accident, contacting an attorney as soon as possible is one of the best ways to protect your legal rights. After an accident-especially one involving serious injury or accident-the consequences can be overwhelming. Contacting an attorney can ensure that you have someone looking out for your best interests while you focus on healing and getting through this difficult time. Anytime you have been in an accident, it is important to preserve all evidence of the accident-including the damage caused to the ATV, the information about the persons involved, details about the accident, and records of all medical care. An attorney can advise you on how best to preserve evidence you may later need following an ATV accident.

What can an ATV accident lawsuit do for me and my family? An ATV accident lawsuit can help you recover monetary compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, financial losses, injuries, disability, death and non-material losses such as emotional suffering. To determine if you are able to seek compensation though an ATV accident lawsuit, please contact our attorneys today.

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