All-terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are small off-road vehicles most commonly used for recreation, farming, or hunting. Because of the capabilities of ATVs, they have become a popular off-road vehicle for many Texans, but they can also pose great risk to the driver and any passengers.
The Dangers of ATVs
Unlike cars, ATVs lack several important safety features. Most ATVs do not have a roof or roll cage that protects the driver and passengers in the event of a rollover. Additionally, ATVs have a high center of gravity, which makes them prone to rollovers. Rollovers can cause devastating injuries and even death for riders.
ATVs can be just as dangerous as motorcycles, particularly for young children. Children under 16 years of age account for more than 30% of all emergency room visits related to ATV accidents. This age group also makes up more than 25% of ATV accident related deaths. Vehicle rollover is the most commonly cited cause of injury, followed by loss of control and separation of rider and vehicle. ATV accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns, and other serious injuries.
While manufacturers have instituted safety protocols to help combat ATV related injuries and deaths, sometimes these protocols malfunction or fail to work correctly. This can put riders at an extreme risk for injury or death.
The financial burden associated with an ATV accident injury can seem overwhelming for victims and their families. In the short term, the victim will incur expenses for emergency medical treatment and medications, but in the long term, many victims might need physical therapy and specialty medical equipment.
Liggett Law Group: Texas ATV Accident Attorneys
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the state of Texas has the second highest number of ATV related deaths in the U.S. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an ATV accident caused by a malfunction or defective part, call the experienced Texas ATV accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group today. Contact us today to for a free consultation to discuss your case and protect your rights.