All terrain vehicles, better known as ATVs, are designed for off-road recreational use. They include 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers (“quads”), dirt bikes, and motocross bikes. ATVs cause more than 800 fatalities and 135,000 injuries annually. About a third of all ATV-related deaths and injuries are to children. In California, 629 people died in ATV accidents between 1982 and 2011. The US Consumer Product Safety Council estimates that ATV crashes cost society around $6.5 billion annually.
ATV Accident Injuries
According to a study published in the medical journal Neurosurgery, many of the injuries caused by ATVs are catastrophic injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Other injuries include serious fractures, facial injuries, lacerations, scarring, neck and back injuries, eye injuries, and more. These personal injuries are life-changing and usually require extensive medical treatment. Victims of the worst injuries may never return to work or be able to live independently again.
Most Common ATV Accidents
Rollovers and collisions are two of the most frequent types of ATV accidents. Rollovers are often caused by a defect in the design of the vehicle that makes it unbalanced and unstable. Defective brakes of steering can cause collisions and rollovers. When you have been injured in an ATV crash, contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer to investigate the circumstances of your accident, discuss your legal options, and help you recover money to compensate you for your injuries.
Liability for ATV Accidents
Manufacturers and designers of unsafe vehicles can sometimes be held liable if it can be shown that a defect caused the accident. Other riders whose reckless, negligent, and/or intentional acts cause an accident can also be held liable for your injuries. Alcohol use when driving an ATV is often a factor. Furthermore, an adult who allows children to drive ATVs without adequate supervision can be held liable for injuries to a child in the event of an accident.
Recovering Compensation for California ATV Injuries
If you or someone in your family has been injured while riding an all terrain vehicle in California, Shepard & Haven in Sacramento should be your first choice when looking for a lawyer to represent you. We have the experience and skill you need in these complex claims. Not only have we represented thousands of injured victims of motor vehicle accidents, we are also skilled at going against manufacturers, designers, marketers, and sellers of defective and dangerous products to obtain compensation for our clients.
Experienced Legal Representation for Your ATV Accident Case
Partners Ken Sheppard and Ron Haven are among Northern California’s most experienced personal injury lawyers. We’ve each been practicing law for more than 35 years and have a long track record of winning impressive awards for those who have been hurt by a defective product or someone else’s negligence.
Call the Sacramento, California, law offices of Shepard & Haven today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your options for pursuing compensation for your serious ATV accident injuries or the wrongful death of a family member. The time you have to file is limited by California law, so contact a Sacramento ATV accident lawyer as soon as you can to avoid losing your right to a monetary recovery. Don’t worry about the cost of hiring the best lawyers you can find. At Shepard & Haven, we accept serious injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll have no out-of-pocket legal expenses at any point during the litigation and will only pay us if we win money for you.