All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular because they allow people to travel in areas that may not be accessible by car. Not only that, but there are no age restrictions on them, meaning that teenagers and adolescents can enjoy riding them as well. ATVs can be a lot of fun when they are safely operated and maintained, but have the potential to cause serious injury when they are not.
Common Types of Accidents
Certain types of accidents are also more common than others are. Overturning is by far the most common type of accident, and can happen whenever a vehicle is traveling too fast, climbing a steep embankment or maneuvering a very sharp turn. Other common accidents are:
- Collisions with other ATVs or vehicles
- Striking a pedestrian or hard object
- Sliding downhill
- Flipping the vehicle onto its side
- Stopping the vehicle suddenly and then being thrown from it
Inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than experienced operators are. A good number of accidents involve drivers who are 15 years of age or younger. In addition, beginning riders are also more likely to become injured in an accident than those who have been operating ATVs for some time.
Major Types of ATV Injuries
By far, the most common injuries suffered on an ATV involve damage to the head, neck, or spinal cord. In fact, around 75% of all ATV injuries involve one or more of these areas. These injuries are also among some of the most severe, having the potential to cause paralysis, brain injury or even death.
Some of the other common injuries on ATVs are:
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs, hands or fingers
- Severe cuts or lacerations
Getting Legal Help
After getting in a serious ATV accident, the last thing you want to worry about is how to make sure you win your legal case so you can pay your bills. The best way to minimize this stress is to hire a qualified legal representative. Schedule a free case evaluation today by calling 713-222-1222.
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