ATV Accident Injury Lawyers in South Carolina
ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) are fun to ride. Even if you proceed with caution out on the trails, it is important to understand that ATVs are prone to rollover accidents. An ATV rollover accident can cause serious injury and even death. Even though you may not realize it, a high rate of speed is not necessary for a head injury, or other type of ATV injury, to occur. Riding at a moderate rate of speed can result in TBI, a spinal cord injury, and other catastrophic and permanent impairment. In the event of a rollover, a rider can be thrown, pinned, or even crushed due to the weight of the ATV.
An ATV accident victim who falls or is thrown from an ATV while four-wheeling can suffer serious injury, including:
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries, or even
Common Causes for ATV Accidents
There are many factors that cause ATV accidents. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
- Operating the ATV an unsafe speed
- An inexperienced driver
- Careless operation
- Having too many riders
- A child operating an adult ATV
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving on paved roads or busy streets
- No safety equipment
- Malfunctioning parts or defective design
ATV Accident Statistics
The Consumer product safety commission released the following statistics in 2012:
- 353 ATV accident deaths occurred.
- 107,900 ATV accident injuries landed riders in the emergency room .
- Injuries most often occur to the arms, head, and neck.
Why You Need an ATV Accident Lawyer
ATV accidents are often complex legal cases. It is difficult to figure out who is responsible. For example, the owner may be responsible, but if you were riding on a trail that was damaged in some way, the person or organization that owns the trail may be liable. In those cases, you may need to file a claim with the insurance company that provides homeowners insurance for the property owner, or against the owner personally. Finally, you may have a product liability case if the ATV itself was defective or unsafe.
While you focus on getting better, we will focus on protecting your rights.
Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S., and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina ATV accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., today for a free, no-cost consultation today.