ATV Accidents

All Ter­rain Vehi­cles (ATV’s) are 3 or 4 wheeled motor­ized vehi­cles used for off-road rid­ing. ATV’s are equipped with gaso­line pow­ered engines and are designed for one dri­ver only. ATV’s were designed in the late 1960’s and first sold in the United States in the early 1970’s.  This type of vehi­cle is very pop­u­lar and is com­monly used for recre­ation, res­cue efforts in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, and agri­cul­tural main­te­nance. Every year, many peo­ple, includ­ing chil­dren, are sev­erly injured due to ATV acci­dents. Seri­ous phys­i­cal injury, prop­erty dam­age, brain dam­age, paral­y­sis, and death may result from an ATV acci­dent. If you have been in an ATV-related acci­dent, you may be enti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion for med­ical costs, wage loss, pain and suf­fer­ing, and more.

  • The sta­tis­tics con­cern­ing ATV’s in the United States show that:
  • In 1998, there were over 60,000 reported ATV-related accidents.
  • In 1997, over 30,000 chil­dren under the age of 16 were injured in ATV-related accidents.
  • It has been esti­mated that ATV-related injuries have dou­bled in the past 5 years in the United States.
  • In a recent 5 year peri­ord, ATV-related injuries requir­ing emer­gency room assis­tance increased over 100 percent.

There are many dif­fer­ent fac­tors that may cause acci­dents while oper­at­ing an ATV. Some causes of acci­dents are related to the pro­duc­tion or man­u­fac­tur­ing of the vehi­cle. Man­u­fac­tur­ing defects are flaws in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process that may result in injuries. Other times, acci­dents are caused because there was a fail­ure to prop­erly instruct regard­ing the safe use and oper­a­tion of the vehi­cle, or there was a fail­ure to warn regard­ing a vehicle’s dan­gers. Fail­ure to warn is when a man­u­fac­turer knows of a haz­ard regard­ing the prod­uct and does not ade­quately warn con­sumers of it. Still other acci­dents are caused because of design defects in the ATV. Design defects are errors in the design of the prod­uct that make the vehi­cle dangerous.

If you or some­one you love has been injured or killed in an ATV acci­dent, please con­tact one of the expe­ri­enced ATV attor­neys at Cline Far­rell Christie Lee & Bell today for a free con­sul­ta­tion. We wel­come the oppor­tu­nity to serve and assist you and look for­ward to hear­ing from you.