Ohio ATV Accident Lawyers
Have you been injured in an ATV accident? A knowledgeable and experienced Ohio personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options to seek compensation for your injuries in a lawsuit.
Do not trust your personal injury claim to just any lawyer or accept the first settlement offer offered by an insurance adjuster. Choose a lawyer who will fight hard to get you the maximum compensation available. At GBM Law, our Ohio personal injury attorneys have been representing victims of serious injuries for more than 40 years. We have recovered more than $200 million for our clients and have a long record of satisfied clients (see client testimonials).
Who is Liable for an ATV Accident?
If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against another ATV operator, a property owner, or the manufacturer of the ATV. At GBM Law, we offer a free and immediate initial consultation to discuss:
- Whether you may have a claim and who may be liable for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death. This includes adult owners of ATVs who “negligently entrust” an ATV to a minor;
- Whether an independent investigation is necessary to determine the cause of your accident;
- How to preserve important evidence for a negligence claim;
- Why it is necessary to complete medical treatment;
- What claim forms and releases you should sign and which you should not; and
- What information you need to provide to the insurance company.
ATV accident claims can be challenging, especially product liability claims against a manufacturer or retailer. We are often approached by other attorneys for assistance in ATV accident cases because we understand the unique aspects of these cases and have more experience than most. Our lawyers are not afraid to take on challenging ATV accident claims and will not hesitate to bring a case to trial if a fair settlement is not offered.
What is an ATV?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) defines an “ATV” as a motorized, off-road vehicle having three, four, or more low-pressure tires, handlebars for steering control, and a straddle seat for the operator. Other names for ATVs you may hear are light utility vehicles (LUVs), four-wheelers, quad bikes, quads, three-wheelers, trikes. Some of the most popular ATV manufacturers are:
- Yamaha; and
ATVs are powerful vehicles, and novice operators and passengers may not understand how powerful they are. They are extremely heavy (as much as 600 lbs) and can go very fast (up to 65 mph, or more, according to the CPSC). When new riders first hop on them, they can put themselves and others in danger. Additionally, many ATVs have been negligently manufactured or designed. Defects have led to catastrophic injury and fatal accidents.
Additionally, ATVs should not be entrusted to minors. In fact, most ATVs have specific warnings that state minors should not operate ATVs. Oftentimes, these warnings go ignored and a minor, while operating an ATV, seriously harms someone else such as a passenger on the ATV, a pedestrian or another ATV driver. This can give rise to a “negligent entrustment” claim.
Furthermore, most people do not realize that ATV owners’ homeowners, renters, or even farm owners’ insurance covers injury claims involving ATVs. In other words, don’t assume you don’t have a claim just because a “normal” vehicle was not involved.
Common Types of ATV Accident Injuries
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 532 adults, and 77 kids (under 16) are killed in ATV accidents each year. Thousands more are injured. The top months for accidents are June, July, and August. For those that survive, the most common types of injuries are:
- Torso injuries (20% of injuries);
- Legs and feet injuries (22% of injuries);
- Head and neck injuries (27% of injuries); and
- Arms and hands (29% of injuries).
Injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bone injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability. Some ATV operators and passengers have been pinned or crushed by heavy ATVs, leading to loss of limb or traumatic amputation.
Where Do ATV Accidents Occur in Ohio?
Many ATV accidents occur in rural areas far away from hospitals or on private rural, property. After a collision or loss of control accident. ATV accident victims may be taken to hospitals via helicopter air ambulance without even being asked. The cost of a “life flight” flight can be tens of thousands of dollars. Combined with medical bills, a surprise “out of network” bill showing up a few weeks after an accident for $40,000 or $50,000 can be financially debilitating, and can lead to destroyed credit and eventual medical bankruptcy.
How to Be Safer on ATVs
If you ride an ATV, you are at risk for serious injuries in a collision. Although it is not possible to guarantee your safety, there are things you can do to be a safer rider and reduce your likelihood of being involved in a crash. Some of the steps the CPSC recommends individuals and their family members take to be safer on ATVs include:
- Never allow a child to ride an adult ATV;
- Do not ride ATVs on paved roads;
- Get training from an expert on operating an ATV
- Never allow more riders than the manufacturer designed the ATV to ride; and
- Wear a helmet, appropriate boots, gloves, and protective clothing.
Get a Free Consultation
Time is of the essence following an accident. It is critical to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Before you accept any compensation offered for an ATV accident, contact our Ohio attorneys to discuss your case at (614) 881-2488. If we represent you in your claim, we are only paid if we recover money for you.