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ATV Accidents in Missouri
All-terrain vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes including three wheelers, six wheelers, sand rails, dune buggies, and many other varieties. While their name suggests that they work well in all terrains, ATVs are known for being inherently dangerous because of their deceptively high center of gravity. For example, when taking turns on pavement or uneven terrains, the wheels may “skip” resulting in deadly rollover accidents.
Furthermore, ATVs are manufactured with more and more powerful engines which can make the vehicles difficult for some riders, particularly children, to control.
According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- 15,744 ATV-related fatalities have occurred since 1982 in the U.S., and 21 percent of the total number of these deaths were children under the age of 16
- There have been 455 reported deaths in Missouri from ATV accidents since 1982
- In 2018, there were an estimated 81,800 ATV-related injuries. An estimated 26 percent of these injuries involved children younger than 16 years of age
Injuries in an ATV accident
It’s no surprise that a 500-pound vehicle tipping over onto the human body will result in severe injuries. These injuries can be especially traumatic for children, who make up an estimated 50 percent of all ATV emergency room injuries when compared to all other age groups.
Even when wearing a helmet, riders lack adequate protection if a collision or rollover were to occur. Without sufficient seatbelts, airbags, and exterior fortifications capable of absorbing impact, we often see deadly injuries result in ATV accidents of all kinds.
Common ATV injuries include:
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for ATV Accidents Caused by Negligence
Many times ATV injuries could have been prevented if proper safety precautions were taken or clear safety instructions had been given. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence when driving an ATV, then you may be eligible to file a claim to cover your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Examples of negligence include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Choosing to ride the ATV on an unfit landscape
- Lack of ATV training or driving ability
- Head-on collisions with a fixed object
Another common case we see is when an ATV owner allows an underage or unlicensed driver to operate the ATV resulting in an accident; the victim may be able to hold the owner liable for injuries.
Whether you were driving the ATV and someone hit you or you were riding on the back of an ATV and your driver acted with negligence, your injuries matter. Do not hesitate to talk to an ATV accident lawyer to help file a personal injury claim.
ATV Product Liability
ATV companies continue to make their products faster and more extreme than ever before, but this sometimes comes at the expense of the innocent consumer. In many cases, the manufacturer fails to take proper care and rushes a defective product to market. This can result in a major malfunction of the ATV placing the operator’s life — and any passengers they may have had — in danger.
This is why The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has listed a comprehensive list of hundreds of ATV recalls that range from brake failures, fire hazards, rollover tendencies, loss of steering control, loss of speed control, and numerous other defects.
If you are the owner of a faulty ATV, such as a manufacturing defect that attributes to the accident, you may be able to hold one or several parties liable for your injuries, including the ATV company, manufacturer, distributor, or supplier.