All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are three- or four-wheeled motorized vehicles used in recreational, and some work-related, activities. These vehicles can often travel at speeds over 50 miles per hour, and may weigh as much as 700 pounds. As a result, ATVs have been involved in large numbers of crashes and injuries.
When ATVs, dirt bikes, scooters, personal watercraft, or snowmobiles are involved in crashes, injuries can be serious. Some are even fatal. Because an ATV has no side doors or a roof, riders are not protected. If the vehicle tips over and the driver attempts to use an arm or leg to brace themselves, broken arms, legs, or other injuries can occur. If the heavy vehicle rolls over a rider, its weight can injure or even kill the rider. Sadly, many of these accidents involve children. Helmets can help prevent traumatic head injuries, but many riders choose not to wear them.
Despite their relatively small size, some of these vehicles can reach high speeds, which increases the possibility of serious injury in a crash. Additionally, these vehicles often are operated in places where the environment presents hazards such as dirt roads or fallen trees.
Some commonly seen injuries in ATV crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Herniated discs in the back or neck
- Broken limbs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bruises, cuts, and scrapes
- Common Causes of Injuries
Sometimes injuries happen because the vehicle isn’t properly maintained, or because there was a manufacturing defect. Sometimes they happen because people are drinking and operate the ATV under the influence. When minors are injured using recreational vehicles, it’s often an issue of lack of supervision or lack of safety gear, such as helmets.
It isn’t only the people operating these types of vehicles who can be hurt. Other people often will be nearby watching the rider, perhaps waiting for a turn on the vehicle. When an ATV or other recreational vehicle crashes into a crowd, injuries can be numerous and severe.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an ATV crash/collision because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.