All-Terrain Vehicle Accidents – The Dangers of ATV Accidents
Have you or a loved one been injured in an ATV accident? All-terrain vehicles have become very popular with adjusts, teens and children as a form of recreation. Many parents buy their children ATVs for birthdays, holidays or special occasions. Unfortunately, these vehicles are not toys and ATV accidents cause serious, life-altering injuries.
When someone is injured in an ATV accident, they need the assistance of medical professionals; however, they may also need the assistance of a vehicle accident attorney who can help the person recover damages from the party who responsible for the accident. The Levinson Law Group combines the knowledge gained by Gordon R. Levinson when he represented some of the largest insurers in North American with experience as a trial attorney to protect the rights of clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.
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Causes of ATV Accidents
As discussed above, all-terrain vehicles are fun and enjoyable; however, they are not toys. You must treat ATVs as you would any vehicle – with respect. One of the biggest factors in ATV accidents is driver inexperience. Inexperienced riders are at a much greater risk of being involved in ATV accidents compared to riders who have experience or who have taken instructional classes in the operation of all-terrain vehicles. Other causes of ATV accidents include:
- Too many riders on the ATV
- Lack of protective gear
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Operating the ATV at dangerous or high speeds
- Improperly maintained ATVs
- Defective parts or improper repairs
- Manufacturer defects
Alcohol use is another large factor in many ATV accidents. If a driver is impaired, he or she can be held responsible for any injuries caused by his or her negligence.
Common Injuries Sustained in ATV Accidents
One of the most common types of injury that we see in ATV accidents is head traumas. There is no doubt that helmets save lives and that helmets reduce the risk of head traumas in ATV accidents; however, even with a helmet, some riders still suffer head traumas. Closed head injuries, where the head is struck violently and suddenly, can still occur even though the rider is wearing helmet. Other common injuries in ATV accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Lacerations and abrasions
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you are involved in an ATV accident. Even though you may not believe you are seriously injured, you may have sustained internal injuries or a closed head injury that must be treated right away to reduce the risk of further complications. After you have sought medical attention, contact our office to discuss your legal rights to receive compensation from the negligent party who caused the accident. No amount of money will undo the damage; however, it can help you receive the medical care that you need in order to recover as fully as possible from your injuries.