At Greene and Phillips, our Alabama, Mississippi and Florida injury lawyers understand that although ATV’s can bring great joy, they also offer little to no protection in the event of a crash. As ATV’s have become more popular, they have also become more unsafe. In recent years, some All-Terrain Vehicle manufacturers have adjusted the size of their ATV’s so that they can fit in the back of pick-up trucks. These changes have caused the wheel bases to become narrower making ATV’s more prone to flip and sometimes roll over. While safety equipment such as helmets or shoulder pads can make riding an ATV safer, they still can’t completely prevent injuries or even fatalities.
According a recent study by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there are an average of 700 deaths and 135,000 accidents that occur annually to the drivers and passengers of ATV’s. As a result of unsafe designs and manufacturing defects, children and adults have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and have even suffered fatalities in ATV accidents.
If an ATV crash occurs, here’s what we suggest:
Seek medical care immediately.
Document anything that you can regarding the accident so an investigation can begin, including
Names, numbers addresses of the people involved, including witnesses
Copies of all the insurance information.
You have several options when filing a claim, and the company, the homeowner who provided the vehicle, or the individual who sold the vehicle could be responsible for your injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, you need the Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida injury attorneys at Greene and Phillips. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-510-1020 for your free consultation. Our attorneys will work to get you the compensation you deserve for past and future medical expenses, vehicle repairs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.