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ATV Accidents
Riding All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be a fun activity when they function properly and drivers practice safe driving habits. When ATVs are not handled correctly, they can quickly turn from vehicle into weapon.

Because of their high-powered design, ATVs can inflict catastrophic injuries if involved in a crash. According to data reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ATV accidents caused an estimated 93,800 serious injuries in 2017, 26% of which were suffered by children under age 16.

Causes of ATV Accidents

ATVs are often mistakenly viewed as toys rather than the high-powered off-road vehicles they are. While they can provide entertainment, they also have the potential to inflict catastrophic injuries when mishandled. ATV accidents occur due to various preventable reasons, and tragically disproportionately affect children under 16 in serious accidents.

Terrain

The name “all-terrain vehicle” can be misleading, as an ATV and its tires are specifically designed for off-roading purposes. Drivers assume that because an ATV can handle rocky terrain and climb hills that it can also successfully maneuver on paved roads. Drivers who attempt to ride ATVs on pavement are more likely to lose control, resulting in serious accidents including overturning and rolling over. The CPSC reported one-third or 32% of ATV fatalities over a four-year period occurred on paved roads. Additionally, it is illegal in Texas to operate an ATV on a paved roadway.

Defective Parts

Defective parts and faulty design can severely impact the functioning of an ATV and can seriously injure even the safest driver. Defects can occur during the design and manufacturing phases and can include various parts of an ATV, such as:

  • Defective throttles
  • Defective tires
  • Defective clutch or shifter
  • Faulty gas tank connections

Occupancy

Not all ATVs are designed to carry multiple riders. Limiting ATV occupancy is crucial for the safety of all riders. Only ATVs designed for multiple riders should be used to carry several passengers. Overloading an ATV can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle as well as eject passengers that are not in a designated seat.

Common Injuries

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Deep cuts or lacerations
  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Injuries associated with ATV accidents have the potential to alter a person’s life forever. ATV drivers should always wear protective gear such as helmets when riding, as well as comply with safety laws and guidelines that govern ATV use.

ATV Accident Attorneys

A fun day out riding ATVs can quickly turn tragic if an ATV malfunctions or a driver puts the lives of those around them at risk. When this occurs, victims of ATV accidents can be hurt and even killed. If you or a loved one was involved in an ATV accident, contact experienced attorney John Flood to advocate for your rights. There is limited time to act following your accident in Texas, so contact us today for a free consultation.

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