California ATV Accidents Lawyer

All terain vehicles: Dangers in the mudd.All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are fast and fun to ride, but they can also be unstable and dangerous. ATVs are commonly involved in rollover accidents due to the way they are designed and because of the fact that they are usually driven on rugged or uneven terrain. ATV accidents may occur as a result of driver error, product defect or faulty vehicle design.

Regardless of how or why these accidents occur, they have the potential to cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV accident, the experienced California ATV accident lawyers at Bisnar | Chase can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible results.

Please contact us at 949-203-3814 for a free and confidential consultation.

ATV Accident Statistics

Thousands of people are injured in ATV accidents each year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 726 people died and 115,000 were injured as a result of ATV accidents nationwide in the year 2010. A number of these injuries and fatalities involve children and teens. In the year 2011, 57 deaths and 29,000 injuries caused by ATVs involved children under 16 years of age. Approximately 17 percent of all fatalities and 27 percent of all injuries caused by ATV accidents involve children under the age of 16.

Types of ATV Accidents

Two of the most devastating and common types of ATV accidents involve collisions and rollovers. Both of these types of accidents can result from design flaws or mechanical malfunctions. For example, if an ATV has defective brakes or steering, it is more likely that a collision will occur. Other ATVs are inherently dangerous because of the manner in which they are designed.

If You Have Been Involved in an ATV Accident

The steps you take immediately following the crash can affect your ability to pursue financial compensation for your considerable losses. Here are a few steps to take after being involved in an ATV accident:

Seek medical attention right away. ATV accidents often result in devastating injuries that require immediate treatment. Even if you are only sore, it is still important to see a doctor to make sure that you are not injured.

Gather information about the crash. It will be helpful to have the name, number and the address of anyone who witnessed the accident. You should also write down the precise location of the crash, information about the ATV and insurance information of everyone involved.

Call the authorities. It is important to report any accident that resulted in an injury even if the only vehicle involved is an ATV.

Preserve the ATV. You may feel inclined to repair your vehicle, but it is important that you keep it in its damaged state for a thorough inspection by a qualified expert, who will look for any defects or malfunction.

Do not talk to an insurance provider. Everything you tell an insurance adjuster or investigator can hurt your personal injury claim. Before you speak to an insurance provider or sign any documents, it is advisable to call an experienced California personal injury lawyer.

Consult with an ATV accident attorney. A California personal injury lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected throughout the legal proceedings. It can be challenging to deal with insurance companies and ATV manufacturers. Your lawyer can make your life easier by negotiating on your behalf. A knowledgeable California ATV accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights and options every step of the way.

Preventing ATV Accidents

Before even buying an ATV, it is important to do your research. It is best to avoid certain models that have been recalled numerous times or to refrain from purchasing a model that has been involved in a number of crashes. If you have already purchased an ATV, it may be in your best interests to stay abreast of ATV part recalls.

Get your ATV regularly looked at by a qualified mechanic. Any broken, worn down or improperly installed part can cause you to lose control. Make sure your vehicle is in proper working order before riding it anywhere.

It is also important to receive proper training. These vehicles may seem fun and harmless, but they can be extremely dangerous. Inexperienced, untrained drivers have an increased risk of crashing. Ride at speeds that you feel comfortable with, avoid fast turns on hills, travel slowly on trails and paths that you are unfamiliar with and never ride while intoxicated.

Do not let young children handle ATVs. Having additional passengers on an ATV can also cause the vehicle to become unstable and roll over. If you would not allow your child to drive a car, you should not allow him to operate an ATV that could reach speeds of 80 to 100 mph. Wearing proper safety gear such as a helmet is critical to prevent major injuries. ATV accidents involving children are usually accompanied by serious injuries to their small bones.

  • Injuries and Damages
  • ATV accidents can result in major injuries including:
  • Brain injuries including concussions
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Internal injuries

Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, therapy and pain and suffering. A personal injury claim may be filed against an at-fault party such as the driver of another vehicle. In cases where a defective ATV caused or contributed to the accident and injuries, the manufacturer of the ATV can be held accountable.

Please contact us at 949-203-3814 for a free and confidential consultation.

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