All terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off road vehicles such as four wheelers, quads, three wheelers and snowmobiles can be great recreational vehicles. And here in Western Pennsylvania, there is plenty of space to ride them. Likewise, utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) like John Deere Gators and Polaris Rangers are great for farm work and outdoor entertainment.
However, these off road vehicles can also be extremely dangerous, especially on steep terrain or when riding with negligent or inexperienced drivers. And, just like any other motor vehicle, atvs themselves can have defects that could cause a serious accident.
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an ATV accident, you may be eligible to recover damages for your injuries, pain, and suffering, lost wages or future wages and other hospital and medical costs. Contact the Pittsburgh ATV accident lawyers at SMT Legal for a free case evaluation.
The terror when a serious accident occurs can be traumatic enough without having to deal with medical bills, insurance companies and figuring out how to pay for it all. Call our Pittsburgh Lawyers Today.
Common Injuries Associated With ATV/UTV Accidents:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Severe burns or lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
Common Causes Of ATV / UTV Crashes
ATVs are meant to be fun, but “fun” does not mean being a daredevil, especially when the lives and well being of others are at risk. Most AVT injuries and deaths are caused by the following types of misconduct:
- Excessive speed
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Inexperienced drivers / teenage drivers
- Negligent or careless drivers
- Not wearing appropriate safety equipment
- Defective vehicle parts or unsafe design
The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (Chapter 77, Subchapter C, Section 7726) clearly states the following:
(a) General rule — No person shall operate a snowmobile or an ATV in any of the following ways:At a rate of speed that is unreasonable or improper under existing conditions or in excess of the maximum limits posted for vehicular traffic. In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another. While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
(b) Permitting unsafe operation —No owner or other person having charge or control of a snowmobile or an ATV shall knowingly authorize or permit the operation of the snowmobile or ATV by any person who is incapable to do so by reason of age, physical or mental disability, or who is under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
Rules and regulations exist to protect people and keep them safe. Someone who is not following the rules or who was negligent is in violation and you should not have to pay for your injuries because someone else broke the rules.
Child Injuries On ATV’s
Unfortunately, children represent a large proportion of ATV accident victims – about one third of all deaths and emergency-room treated injuries involve children. Many of these children were riding with other children/teenagers or adults who acted negligently.
In 2011, there were 29,000 emergency-room treated ATV injuries and 57 ATV death reports for children under 16 years of age. Children represent 27% of all injuries and 17% of all deaths in ATV accidents.
If your child was injured or killed in an ATV crash, you may be eligible for compensation for their injuries and medical bills, as well as emotional pain and suffering.
Your family should not be held responsible for someone else’s mistake or negligence.
Pittsburgh ATV Accident Lawyers
The ATV Accident Lawyers at SMT Legal are experienced and aggressive personal injury attorneys who can help answer your questions. Please contact us if you were injured due to any of the following:
- Negligence of an ATV driver or operator;
- Work-related injury or farm-related injury (work-site injury) while operating an ATV or utility vehicle;
- Product defect due to manufacturer design.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will do everything possible to get you the money you deserve and recover what you are owed for your injuries. We will conduct an extensive investigation into the ATV accident, collecting evidence and talking to witnesses and law enforcement officers as needed to present a strong and winnable case. We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients.
We are aggressive and compassionate ATV accident attorneys in Pittsburgh who understand your rights and how to fight for the money you deserve. Our thorough knowledge of the legal system enables us to give more time and care to people who have been injured and need help.