All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are three- and four-wheel motorized vehicles that many people use for entertainment, but can also be used by rescue personnel in areas of rough terrain. They allow riders to get into rough areas and many riders enjoy driving through small creeks, mud and through brush on the vehicles.
While they can be fun when used properly, they can also pose a significant risk. According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commision, more than 13,000 people were killed in accident involving an ATV between 1982 and 2013. During that time, 43 percent of those killed were less than 16 years old.
One common cause of ATV crashes is riding them on paved roads as ATVs are designed for off-road use. This makes them handle poorly on paved or finished road surfaces. Many times, injuries and deaths occur because an inexperienced driver or one that is too young for the vehicle is driving. Because many ATV users are young, they often attempt unsafe maneuvers or stunts that can lead to an accident.
Failing to observe state laws and local ordinances can also lead to an accident. One common practice on ATVs is riding double with one person driving and another on the back. Most ATVs are only designed to safely carry one person, so the risk of an accident is greater with two people on the vehicle.
ATVs can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and many can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. Injuries that can occur in an off road accident are often caused when the vehicle rolls over or collides with another object, such as a tree or another ATV. Common injuries include:
In addition, riders in a quad accident have suffered broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries as well as traumatic brain injury, skull fractures and death. Some riders have also suffered second and third-degree burns that required extensive treatment and surgeries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV crash, or if a loved one has died of injuries they sustained in off road accidents, contact our ATV accident lawyers at Lundy Law today. You can reach us online by completing the simple query form or give us a call at 1-800-Lundy Law. We can help you get the compensation you deserve after an off road accident.