St. Louis ATV Accident and Injuries Lawyer
Representing victims of injuries from all-terrain vehicles in Missouri and Illinois
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a great source of enjoyment for many Missourians, but sometimes that enjoyment can come at a cost. These vehicles are exciting to drive and ride in, but can also be prone to accidents. Whether an accident and resulting injuries are the fault of the manufacturer or another negligent party, you should not be responsible for your medical bills and other losses.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an ATV accident that wasn’t your fault, a St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm can help. We will investigate your accident to determine the negligent party and whether you are eligible for compensation for your injuries and losses. Our record of success and client testimonials demonstrates our experience and dedication to our clients. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
How common are ATV accidents in Missouri?
All-terrain vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including sport and utility ATVs, three- and four-wheelers, children’s ATVs, and other types. 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.
Further, today’s ATVs are manufactured with more and more powerful engines, which can make the vehicles difficult for some riders (especially children) to control.
According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- 15,744 ATV-related fatalities have occurred in the U.S. since 1982, 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
What are some typical injuries from an ATV accident?
When a 500-pound vehicle like an ATV crashes and rolls over onto a driver or passenger, they will almost always experience severe injuries. These injuries can be especially catastrophic for children, who the CDC state make up an estimated 50 percent of all ATV emergency room injuries.
Even when wearing a helmet, riders and passengers in ATVs often 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:
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How do ATV accidents and collisions happen?
Often, ATV injuries could have been prevented if proper safety precautions were taken, or clear safety instructions were provided. If your ATV-related injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, 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:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Head-on collisions with a fixed object
- Lack of ATV training or driving ability
- Operating an ATV in improper conditions
- Reckless driving
Another common example of negligence is when an ATV owner allows an underage or unlicensed driver to operate their ATV, resulting in an accident. In cases like these, the victim may be able to hold the owner liable for their injuries.
What is my ATV accident claim worth?
Although every accident and every person’s injuries are different, The Hayden Law Firm works to secure fair and just compensation for your damages and losses. We are dedicated to ensuring the negligent party is held responsible and accountable, meaning we will demand:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional distress
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
It is important to remember, however, that under Missouri’s statute of limitations you must file your injury claim within five years of the date of the accident. Don’t delay in exploring your legal options.
How can a St. Louis ATV accident injury attorney help with my case?
If you or a loved one are injured in an ATV crash, you will need an experienced attorney to determine who should be held responsible for your injuries. At The Hayden Law Firm, we start by conducting in-depth investigations to acquire evidence that demonstrates the other party’s negligence. Our hard work expends all avenues toward justice, including obtaining company safety records, maintenance records, and recall notices. We also perform extensive witness interviews, accident reconstructions, expert testimonies, and more.
We work with you until all of your legal issues are sorted out, from formulating an initial case strategy through the final compensation payment – whether we find resolution in or out of the courtroom, we are dedicated to your success.
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ATV accident and injury attorney in St. Louis
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury as the result of an ATV accident, The Hayden Law Firm can help. We provide thorough, aggressive representation and protect your right to compensation for your injuries. Get in touch with us today for top-notch legal service. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.