Due to their weight and the potential for tip-overs, ATV accidents often result in serious injuries. Victims may face steep medical bills, and they may not be able to return to work.
In some cases, though, ATV accident victims can file a civil lawsuit to recover damages from the at-fault party. To find out if you may have a case, call the Luke Dow Law Firm.
Austin personal-injury attorney Luke Dow can handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on personal recovery. To get started, call our office at 512-518-4104 to schedule an appointment.
If you are planning to ride your ATV this summer, be sure to remind friends and family about ATV safety. ATVSafety.gov provides these four tips to reduce the risk of serious injury:
1. Wear Protective Equipment
Protective gear can save your life. A helmet is essential for all ATV riders, and ATVSafety.gov also recommends goggles, padded pants, a long-sleeve shirt, a thick jacket and gloves. With the right safety equipment, you may be able to prevent crashes from loose rocks, tree branches and other obstacles.
Be sure that your helmet is U.S. Department of Transportation or Snell Memorial Foundation certified. If the DOT or Snell Memorial Foundation did not certify the helmet, it may not meet certain safety standards - and you should consider purchasing a new one.
2. Do Not Allow Passengers on Single-Rider ATVs
According to ATVSafety.org, most ATVs are not equipped to carry passengers. Drivers must be able to shift his or her weight around corners in order to maneuver the vehicle properly, and the presence of a passenger greatly reduces the driver's ability to do so. Avoid transporting passengers - or riding as a passenger - on an ATV vehicle.
3. Stay off Roads
Most ATVs are for off-road use, and they are difficult to control when you drive them on paved roadways. Also, the presence of cars and other vehicles adds another element of danger, so it is far safer to ride ATVs on terrain.
4. Children, Teens and Adults Should Ride ATVs That Complement Their Weight
A large percentage of ATV injuries happen to children who are riding ATVs that are not suitable for their size or weight. ATVs present a significant danger to young children, and while there are smaller vehicles that are better suited to adolescent drivers, most experts suggest that children under the age of 6 should not operate these vehicles.
ATV accidents can be devastating - both emotionally and financially. If you were injured in an ATV crash, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104, and speak to an Austin personal-injury lawyer about your potential case.