All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) are small, single- or dual-person vehicles that use four low-pressure tires to handle rough terrains. They are used for recreational purposes on off-road courses or open land. Over 100,000 people are seriously injured in the United States every year in ATV accidents. More than 25% of those injured are children under the age of 16.
Despite lower speeds, ATV’s are as dangerous as motorcycles, based on mortality and injury statistics. Because they are often operated on uneven terrain, the biggest danger from ATV use is the possibility of a rollover. Unlike cars, ATV’s do not have the protection of a roof, and even ATV’s with roll bars frequently do not prevent the driver and passengers from suffering severe crush injuries.
The most common serious injuries in ATV accidents include:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
- Chest and abdominal injuries
People injured in non-fatal ATV accidents can suffer lifelong catastrophic medical problems. Head and spinal cord injuries often require extensive, ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. Many victims will require decades of continuous care, at an estimated lifetime cost in excess of $5 million.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of an ATV accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys will negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to maintain your independence and quality of life for as long as you live. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.