All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are three- and four-wheel motor vehicles used in off-road settings. While they can be fun and useful for rescue work, many people sustain severe injuries in ATV accidents each year.
Children under the age of 16 are the most at risk for ATV accidents. Many states do not require licenses or training, nor is there an age limit to operate an ATV. And a typical adult-size ATV can weigh in excess of 750 and can travel as fast as 75 miles per hour.
A person should only ride an ATV that is appropriate for his or her size and age. According to industry standards, that should be as follows:
- 6 to 11 Years Old – 50-70cc
- 12 to 16 Years Old – 70cc–90cc
- 17 and Older – 90cc
If you have suffered an ATV-related personal injury, contact the ATV accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC. To schedule a free case evaluation, you may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative.
Causes of ATV Accidents
There are a number of different causes of ATV accidents. Some of the most common include:
- Rider Inexperience
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Traveling Too Fast for Conditions
- Insufficient Protective Gear
- Improper Positioning on an ATV
- Too Many Riders on an ATV
The two biggest factors in the majority of ATV crashes are alcohol and drug use and rider inexperience. Alcohol and drug use is a component in 30 percent of all ATV accidents, and riders can be subject to prosecution under DUI/DWI laws. Studies have also shown that an inexperienced rider is 13 times more likely to have an ATV accident in their first month of use than a more experienced one. Protective clothing, proper training, and using an ATV correctly are all essential in preventing ATV crashes and related injuries.
Common ATV Crash Injuries
Head injuries are the leading cause of ATV accident fatalities, though they can be reduced by wearing a helmet. Other common ATV crash injuries include:
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Fractured Bones
- Abdominal Trauma
Three-Wheel ATV Accidents
The Department of Justice filed suit against ATV manufacturers, alleging they violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by selling three-wheel ATVs, which were involved in a disproportionate number of rollover accidents and injuries. As a result, in 1987, ATV manufacturers stopped making three-wheel ATVs and began producing four-wheel ones, which offer more stability.
Nevertheless, there are an estimated 2.4 million three-wheel ATVs that were never recalled, many of which remain in use today.
Although many ATV accidents result from rider error, a number of ATV crashes are caused by mechanically defective ATVs.
If a manufacturer is aware of a design defect in an ATV that makes it more dangerous and does not alert the public, that manufacturer may be guilty of “failure to warn.” As such, an ATV manufacturer could be subject to a defective product lawsuit for any injuries that have been sustained.
Contact GWC’s ATV Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of an ATV accident, reach out to the ATV accident attorneys at GWC.
GWC can investigate the facts of your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation, along with everyone who must be pursued. With over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, we have the experience, the determination, and the reputation of success necessary to get you and your family the justice you deserve.