West Plains ATV Accident Attorney
60+ Years of Combined Legal Experience
All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, have become increasingly popular over the
last few years. While ATV's can be quite enjoyable to ride, they can
serious injury for a person who fails to ride in a safe manner. People use ATVs for both
recreational and professional purposes, particularly in rural Missouri.
These vehicles do not have seatbelts and offer very little protection
for a driver or passenger when an accident takes place. If you have been
injured after being in a collision in which you were thrown off of an ATV, a
West Plains, MO personal injury lawyer should supplement the medical professional attending to your accident.
ATVs are widely used by adults and teenagers alike; by workers, farmers
and sports enthusiasts. As such, it is vastly important that the vehicles
be operated safely and only by those who are experienced enough to do
so with the proper precautions. Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans
and well-thought out measures of preventive safety are not always enough
to counter the harms that can be caused in an ATV accident. According
to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), well over 150,000
people were transported to the Emergency Room in 2007 for injuries that
were sustained in an ATV-related accident.
Inherent Dangers of All-Terrain Vehicles
All-terrain vehicles are most frequently reported in accidents that involve
flipping or rolling, causing drivers and passengers alike to be thrown
out of the vehicle or possible even pinned underneath it in the process.
In fact, passengers are sometimes the most at risk when an ATV is involved
in an accident, because the back "seats" of these vehicles were
not originally intended for passenger use.
U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released information on the dangers inherent in the design of ATVs,
specifically citing their general lack of stability, especially when compared
to other motor vehicle designs. Specifically, the federally regulated
administration has advised that these vehicles are not intended to be
driven on regularly paved roads, and doing so could lead to further possibility for harm.
Among those most at risk when operating an all-terrain vehicle are teenagers
/ adolescents. Studies have found that children and minors of all ages
tend to lack the physical and mental developments required to both physically
and cognitively operate ATVs under safe circumstances. As such, their
risk is believed to be greater than other drivers of such vehicles. The
contrast is so dramatic, in fact, that adolescents and teens are reported
to have the most severe injuries of all ATV accident victims.
In fact, according to the organization "Concerned Families for ATV
Safety," between the years 1982 and 2010, at least 2,775 children
were killed as the result of ATV accidents. Not only that, but since 1997,
there has been a 150% increase in the chances of a child under the age
of 18 being injured as the result of an accident on an all-terrain vehicle.
At Henry & Williams, P.C., we understand how devastating it is to
watch your child suffer from an accident that could have been prevented.
If you lost a child because of an ATV accident, no amount of
compensation will be able to make up for their loss. This being said, it is important
to determine if anyone was at fault in the accident so that the same thing
does not happen to another child and another family. Whether someone was
driving negligently or there was a design defect, call to see how we could help you.
Facing extensive medical costs? Call now!
The victims of ATV accidents will very likely require extensive medical
treatment and may need further assistance from a professional attorney
who can help them make a
personal injury claim or appear in court if need be. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been
spent extensively reconstructing and bringing back to life those victims
who were injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Sometimes, the cost
reaches into the millions. Depending on the severity of the injuries sustained
in an accident of this nature, surgery, rehabilitation and ongoing medical
treatment may be required – all of which are quite costly, sometimes
even unaffordable for the victims involved.
Physically, mentally and emotionally, the victim of an ATV accident may
suffer more than even imaginable. For example, a person who suffers from
head trauma after being crushed under an ATV accident in which the vehicle
flipped over and onto the driver will very likely suffer extensively.
Not only will he / she feel the physical pain of damage to the head, they
may also experience cognitive inabilities and emotional stress from the
incident as well. Post-traumatic stress can also develop among some post-accident victims.
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When the cost of recovery for an ATV accident is more than unaffordable
and that accident was caused wrongly, the victim has every right to take
legal action. State and federal laws strictly regulate the manufacturers
and sellers of these vehicles specifically to avoid the potential for
accidents. Wrecks still occur, however, and when they do an attorney will
need to review the case in order to determine manufacturer wrongdoing
is to blame for the incident. In these cases, victims may be awarded compensation
that will accommodate for the costs of their medical bills, recovery expenses,
time off work and overall physical and emotional pain.
Call Henry & Williams, P.C. today for a
free consultation with our experienced legal team. No recovery - no fees!