As all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) become more popular, the number of ATV crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities keeps rising. In the U.S. in 2012, there were over 100,000 ATV-related injuries. California – according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission – is the site of more ATV-related fatalities than any other state. From 1982 through 2007, 504 Californians died in ATV-related crashes – about 20 people every year. The summer months – especially July and August – are when the largest number of ATV accidents, injuries, and fatalities occur.
If you are injured while operating an ATV, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer if you can prove that there was a defect in the ATV’s design or production. You may receive compensation for your medical treatment and associated expenses. If you are injured while operating an ATV because of another person’s negligence, you might have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. After an ATV-related injury in southern California, discuss your options immediately with an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury lawyer.
All-terrain vehicles can move at 60 or more miles per hour, and they weigh about 600 pounds. Every ATV operator needs to use caution and give the ATV undivided attention. Recommended safety gear includes a helmet, boots, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants. Never use an ATV on a paved street or a highway – use great care if you must cross one – and never let a child operate an ATV designed for an adult.
If you are injured in an ATV accident because of a defective design or because of someone else’s negligence in Pasadena, Los Angeles, or anywhere in southern California, speak at once to an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury lawyer about your injury, your options, and your rights. Help is here, but after any ATV-related injury, you must take the first step and make the call promptly.