Whether they roll on three wheels or four, use handlebars or a steering wheel, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are among the most popular vehicles in Texas. Thousands of riders use these vehicles for recreation, exploration, and agricultural work. These vehicles are specially constructed for riders to go places where cars, trucks, or motorcycles can’t. In some cases, children and teenagers in rural areas who are too young for a driver’s license ride these vehicles.
However, these powerful vehicles are not toys. They can reach speeds of up to 65 miles an hour, the equivalent of a highway speed limit for street-legal vehicles. They often have a high power-to-weight ratio, which means that they can be difficult to control, which can lead to serious accidents. These accidents can result in broken bones, fractured skulls, internal organ damage, or even death.
ATV Accidents and Emergency Room Visits
A report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission gathered data on injuries and fatalities from ATV accidents. The report showed that an estimated 97,200 emergency-related injuries were due to ATV accidents in 2015 alone. That’s an average of over 266 injuries a day! The report also stated that 28 percent of those injury victims (over 27,000, or 75 per day) were under 16 years of age. Half of the victims younger than 16 years old (13,400, or 38 per day) were under 12 years of age.
The report also broke down the types of injuries that ATV riders sustained, as well as which body parts sustained the most injuries. Nearly 30 percent of patients reported injuries in the head and neck area due to ATV accidents. These injuries can result in paralysis, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, headaches, and nerve damage. The report also stated that one-fourth of all the injuries recorded were broken bones, while another 23 percent were contusions and abrasions.
Fatal ATV Accidents
With vehicles this powerful, and drivers that often lack experience with them, the results can sometimes be fatal. The CPSC report showed that more than 14,000 riders lost their lives in ATV accidents from 1982 to 2015. More than 500 fatal accidents were recorded in both 2013 and 2014.
Texas led the nation in the number of ATV accident-related deaths. From 1982 to 2015, a reported 780 fatalities from ATV accidents occurred in Texas. Since many ATV-related fatalities go unreported, the number may actually be much higher.
When those accidents are the result of speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, or an inexperienced driver, there may be sufficient grounds to pursue an ATV injury accident lawsuit. An experienced ATV accident injury attorney can determine if you have a strong case, develop a strong strategy, and strive to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. The veteran attorneys at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C., can consult with you in our Webster office, examine the evidence, and reaching the best possible outcome for your case.
Personal Liability Lawsuits
ATV accident injury victims may have several options for filing a lawsuit. If the victim was a rider with another party driving the vehicle, or if the victim was a driver and was struck by another driver, the victim can pursue a case against the driver who as at fault for the accident. At Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C, we can examine the circumstances of your case and determine a winning strategy to get the compensation you need for your injuries.
Premises Liability Lawsuits
If the victim is on another party’s property when the accident occurred, or if the property owner allowed the victim to ride the vehicle that was involved in the accident, the victim may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. A premises liability case occurs when the property owner fails to maintain their property, including their vehicles, so that the visitor can be assured of their safety. Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C., also handles premises liability lawsuits and has won numerous cases for our clients.
Product Liability Lawsuits
In some cases, an ATV injury accident can occur through no fault of any of the drivers involved. Instead, the cause of the accident can be traced back to a flaw in the vehicle itself. Design flaws led to the recall of many three-wheeled ATVs in the 1980s and 1990s, as they were prone to overturning at high speeds.
When the cause lies with the product itself, the target of the ATV injury lawsuit turns from the driver to the manufacturer, which can complicate the case to an immense degree. For a case like this, you need a seasoned, professional law firm that understands how to pursue product liability lawsuits. The attorneys at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C., will stand by your side against the manufacturer and their teams of powerful lawyers to ensure that you get the money you deserve.
Damages from ATV Accident Lawsuits
When you’re injured in an ATV accident, the physical pain of the recovery process can be just the beginning of your worries. The costs of ambulance transport, especially from a remote location, can be extremely expensive. Emergency room treatments, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, and hospital stays can run well into the tens of thousands of dollars. Doctor’s office visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications can also add to your recovery costs.
The attorneys at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C, can help you recover these expenses, as well as loss of income during your recovery time. We can also pursue punitive damages against the parties responsible for your accident. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that we only get paid if we win money for you, so you don’t have to worry about paying high legal fees to get the justice you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident, let the attorneys and staff at Simon & O’Rourke Law Firm P.C., help. We have handles numerous cases involving ATV, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other off-road vehicles. Our attorneys and staff stand ready to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You can complete the online form to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation about your case. Contact us today!
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