ATV Accident Attorneys
All-Terrain Vehicle Accident Law
ATVs or all-terrain vehicles are popular recreational off-road vehicles. They are designed for riding in the countryside where conditions are too dangerous for cars and where the terrain may be rough or hilly. Many ATVs can now exceed 60 miles an hour and can make sharp turns. As fun as it sounds, the sad truth is, ATVs can be extremely dangerous. When going up steep hills or turning at high speeds, ATVs have a tendency to roll over. Without the protection of walls or a roof, drivers can be crushed underneath the rolling vehicle. Major injuries or fatalities are usually the results of a serious ATV crash.
These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. Usually, these tragic crashes may be the result of poor weather conditions or human error, but sometimes they may be attributed to manufacturing flaws. Not all ATVs are made the same way, and none of them is completely safe.
How common are ATV accidents? In 2004 alone over 136,000 injuries occurred from ATV collisions. A large percentage of these crashes involve minors. These vehicles are sometimes treated simply as toys but they are so dangerous the U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends children 15 and younger should not be allowed on any adult size ATVs. Despite the warnings, families continue to allow their children to ride and sometimes drive ATVs off-road at high speeds. Parents need to know that it isn’t just the speed and handling that makes ATVs dangerous. Sometimes a defective design causes or contributes to deadly ATV accidents. Even a safe and well-trained driver may not have much control over a defective vehicle.
Safety Suggestions for Young ATV Users and Parents
Not all states require a driving license to operate an ATV. This puts the responsibility on the parent to determine if they trust their child to operate a powerful moving vehicle.
Please keep these suggestions in mind.
- Remember that an ATV is not a toy.
- Take the time to enroll in an ATV safety course
- ATVs are not made for passengers
- ATV’s over 90cc’s in engine size should not be operated by anyone under 16 years old
- Always wear an ANSI-approved helmet.
- Keep ATVs off paved roads
In Case Of an Accident
If you or your loved one has been involved in an ATV injury, you may be eligible for compensation. ATV manufacturers can be held liable for vehicle malfunctions that are triggered by product defects and design flaws. If there is a personal injury from a collision, please be sure to seek medical attention right away. For more information about how to pursue your legal rights, contact Alpert Schreyer, LLC at 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 for a free consultation with a skilled Anne Arundel County injury lawyer.