ATV Accident Lawsuits
By John Clark
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be wildly fun, but they offer one of the most dangerous forms of recreation known to man. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 130,000 ATV riders take injuries to an emergency room each year.
It is probably safe to assume that not every injury is entirely the driver's fault. Malfunctioning equipment and the negligence of other drivers are examples of factors that may lead someone to file a personal injury lawsuit after an ATV accident.
For more information about filing an ATV accident lawsuit to recover medical costs or other injuries, fill out the form below to connect with a local injury lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
ATV Accident Figures
The Safety Commission's data on ATV accidents in recent years are staggering. It's no wonder that the U.S. government created a website devoted entirely to ATV safety. Recent research reveals the following figures:
- In 2009, there were 376 reported deaths due to ATV accidents, while roughly 131,900 were treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries.
- In 2008, there were 616 reported ATV deaths and nearly 135,000 trips to the emergency room.
- Sources also estimate that each year’s reported deaths represent only a portion of actual ATV deaths. Some years estimate the occurrence of more than 100 unreported deaths.
With these eye-popping statistics, it’s no wonder that ATV accident lawsuits occur. If you’ve been injured in an ATV accident, and your injury was due to faulty manufacturing or the negligent actions of another driver, you may be able to file an injury claim. Other potential liable parties include parts manufacturers or repair and maintenance technicians.
For more information on your state’s laws about ATV lawsuits, connect with a local injury lawyer today.
ATV Accident Prevention
ATVsafety.gov offers several different prevention tips for aspiring ATV riders. So, if you’re planning an off-road trip in an ATV, you may consider taking the following steps:
- Riders should always wear helmets when riding an ATV.
- Children under the age of 16 should never ride on an adult ATV.
- If you’re driving a single-rider ATV, do not allow passengers to ride with you.
- Known the terrain before you go.
- Never operate an ATV under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While some of these prevention measures may seem like common sense, they could prevent fatal accidents from occurring. You can protect yourself and others by practicing safe ATV use.
If, however, you’ve suffered an ATV-related injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.