Accidents involving All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) injure thousands and kill approximately 700 drivers and passengers each year. The vehicles’ speed, minimal safety features, and typical lightweight construction makes accidents involving ATVs inherently dangerous. The United States Product Safety Commission estimates that on average, 150,000 people are seriously injured in ATV accidents each year.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident due to negligence, call an experienced Las Vegas accident attorneys at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.
Common Injuries Suffered in ATV Accidents
Injuries suffered in ATV accidents are similar to those suffered in automobile accidents and include:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Even though many drivers and passengers wear helmets, many ATV riders experience severe head trauma when their vehicle rolls over while traversing inclines or making turns at a high speed.
Spinal Cord Damage – Helmets do not protect the neck and spinal column from crushing injuries or blunt force impacts that can occur when an ATV rolls over or crashes into a tree, rock, or other fixed objects. While safety harnesses and seat belts can help minimize the extent of these injuries, they do not eliminate them.
Fractures & Dislocated Limbs – ATV users can experience broken bones or dislocated limbs when they are thrown from the vehicle or crushed beneath it.
Rescue Can Compound Injuries
Many ATV accidents occur in off-road areas that are inaccessible to emergency responders. This can make extracting the injured individual difficult and cause them to suffer subsequent injuries during a rescue that can compound treatment and impede recovery.
Liability for ATV Accidents
Liability for personal injuries caused by an ATV accident can fall on a number of parties. An ATV accident attorney can help determine who was at fault for the accident and their share of responsibility for the accident. For example:
- If the ATV was rented, the rental company can be held liable for the poor maintenance of tires or steering controls that failed, or for safety features that failed to protect the user from injury.
- If the ATV was driven by an individual who was intoxicated at the time of the crash, the driver may be held liable for causing injuries to their passengers.
- If the accident occurred on a marked trail that was improperly maintained or illegally obstructed to prevent traverse, the property owner may be held liable for creating the hazardous conditions that led to the accident.
- If the accident was caused by a design defect, then the vehicle manufacturer may be held liable, as could the ATV retailer if they sold the vehicle before correcting known deficiencies that recall had been ordered to correct.