ATV Accident Lawyer DC, Maryland, Virginia
ATVs, also known as “quads” or “four-wheelers” cause thousands of accidents and injuries and hundreds of deaths in the United States every year. Most commonly used for recreational activity, otherwise known as “off-roading”, by teenagers and adults, ATVs pose unique dangers than cars, motorcycles and bicycles do. According to an annual reporter conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATV accidents resulted in over 100,000 injuries in 2011. Victims of ATV accidents suffer serious head, face and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractured and broken bones, and spinal cord injuries that can result in paralysis.
ATVs are unique vehicles in that they are generally used on non-paved terrain. ATV stands for “All-Terrain Vehicle”. The name correctly suggests that they can be driven on non-paved roads. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that ATVs not be used on paved roads. The rugged terrain conditions can cause ATVs to roll over, causing severe injuries to the riders. Whether you are a frequent off-roader or the first time user of an ATV it is important to follow proper safety precautions. These precautions include wearing protective gear such as helmets, goggles, boots, and gloves, never exceeding the limit of riders per ATV, staying off of paved roads and make sure you receive the proper training for operating an ATV.
Unfortunately, even if you follow every safety precaution accidents happen. Many of these accidents are caused by untrained or inexperienced drivers, and some are also caused by defective or malfunctioning vehicles. If you are involved in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person or due to a defective ATV, contact an ATV attorney right away. You may have a personal injury case against the driver or property over, or a product liability case against the ATV manufacturer, and should seek legal counsel to see what your options are.
If you or a loved one was involved in an ATV accidents in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia, contact the ATV accidents lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free consultation. We understand that injuries resulting from ATV accidents can be huge financial, physical, and emotional burdens, and will exercise our resources to get the compensation you need.