All-terrain vehicles are small, off-highway vehicles used for recreational fun, farming or hunting. They ride anywhere from one to four people and are not street legal. Unlike cars, ATVs often do not have roofs or roll cages to protect occupants in accidents. Their high center of gravity, small wheels and narrow wheelbase make them fundamentally unstable and prone to rollovers and other types of accidents. This, coupled with the rough terrain they are driven on, results in devastating injuries when an ATV rider is involved in a simple fall, rolled vehicle, or a crash where the occupant is thrown.
ATVs are just as dangerous as motorcycles, and although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that no children under the age of 16 ride ATVs, that age group accounts for over 30% of the 150,000 emergency-room visits related to all-terrain vehicles each year and one quarter of the more than 800 ATV deaths annually. Vehicle rollover is the most commonly cited cause of injury, followed by loss of control and separation of rider and vehicle.
- Abdominal Injuries
- Burn Injury
- Broken bones or fractures
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Due to their high injury rate, major ATV manufacturers have instituted some safety protocols to protect riders. However, if these features malfunction or fail to operate effectively, the vehicle can cause serious injury to the occupant and even lead to wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured or died because an ATV malfunctioned or crashed, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries from the ATV manufacturer. Craft Law Firm is an experienced personal injury litigation firm, its lawyers having handled all-terrain vehicle injury and death cases nationally.