Although four-wheelers, a slang term for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), are enjoyed safely by millions of Americans, they can lead to devastating accidents. Recreational four wheeler accidents kill more than 700 and injure over 135,000 each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Tragically, children 15 years old and under are the victims in approximately 1/3 of these cases of injury and fatality.
ATV accidents also occur with riders who use four wheelers in their occupation. More than 10 die and over 150 suffer trauma, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These accidents can end in a number of different types of injury, from minor scrapes and bruises to catastrophic injury such as paralysis.
Have you been injured while riding an ATV in an accident that was not your fault?
Did you know that you may be eligible for compensation for the damages you have sustained?
The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm have experience defending clients who suffered bodily harm in Illinois and Missouri off-roading accidents.
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What to Do after an ATV Accident
If someone you know is involved in an accident while riding a four wheeler, the first thing one should do is seek treatment for any injuries. If no injuries are suspected, an accident victim should still be examined by a doctor to eliminate the possibility of injury.
- See a healthcare practitioner
- Gather as much information about the accident as possible
- Names & contact info for all involved and witnesses
- Location of collision
- Make, model and other important info about 4 wheeler vehicles
- Copies of insurance information
- Do not talk to anyone about accident except police
- File a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out
- Seek the legal counsel of an experienced attorney
If negligence was involved in the four wheeler accident that led to injuries in you or a loved one, the guidance of an experienced attorney can be very helpful in determining whether you should seek legal recourse.
Causes of Four Wheeler Accidents
There can be plenty of factors that contribute to a collision involving an ATV, which usually fall under the category of either operator behavior or failed equipment. Equipment failure can be attributed to either the driver or the manufacturer.
- Carrying too many passengers
- Children operating adult-size four wheelers
- Driver inexperience
- Driving on public roads
- Driving drunk
- Failure to check / maintain equipment
- Misjudging safety of terrain
- Steering failure
- Suspension failure
- Throttle failure
- Tire blowout
In some cases, a defective helmet leads to a more severe injury than would have been sustained while wearing a secure helmet. In such cases, manufacturer negligence may be present in the form of design defects.
Accidents Caused by Defective Four-Wheelers
Unfortunately, some of the accidents that lead to ATV injuries are caused by manufacturing defects in the vehicle itself. These are flaws that occur during the manufacturing process that can result in injuries. If the manufacturer was aware of such a flaw but does not notify consumers, they may be held liable because of a “failure to warn”.
A design defect is another type of structural issue that can lead to an accident. These are considered flaws in the product’s design that are dangerous. There have been hundreds of thousands of ATVs recalled since 200 due to design and manufacturing defects.
Contact Our Off-Roading Accident Law Firm
Although any auto accident can cause a family emotional and financial stress, an accident involving a child or young adult, as most four wheeler accidents do, can be especially trying. An ATV can be a fun, exciting vehicle to ride, but can turn deadly – and no family should have to suffer the damages that come with an accident for which someone else was responsible.
Tapella & Eberspacher offer a superior reputation for personal service and success to Illinois and Missouri clients who have been affected by an ATV injury. We are determined to defend the rights of each of our clients and are passionate about pursuing the MAXIMUM amount of compensation in each case we choose to litigate.
We proudly serve clients in the following towns and cities:
- Charleston, IL
- Mattoon, IL
- O’Fallon, IL
- Fairview Heights, IL
- St. Louis, MO
- Webster Groves, MO
…and residents throughout the area
Call us at 855-522-5291 today to discuss the details of your case confidentially with our legal professionals.