An Attorney Fighting for ATV Accident Victims and Their Families
All-terrain vehicles are very popular among outdoor enthusiasts and individuals who use them for outdoor work in places with varied terrain. But as fun and as practical as ATVs are, they are also dangerous — especially in our state.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation for deaths associated with ATVs. From 1982 to 2015, nearly 700 people died in ATV accidents in Pennsylvania alone. About one-third of fatalities nationally were riders under the age of 16. Each year, thousands more riders suffer serious and even debilitating injuries.
Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, represents individuals who have been injured and the families of victims who have been killed in ATV accidents caused by the negligence of another person or company. Keep reading to learn how an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for ATV injuries.
Who May Be Held Liable After an Injurious or Fatal ATV Accident?
At first glance, it may seem as though riders of ATVs are responsible for their own injuries. This is primarily because ATVs are ridden on private land, usually without the interference of automobile traffic.
But there are often more to these cases than meets the eye. Some of the likeliest defendants in accident litigation are vehicle manufacturers.
From the outset, ATVs were understood to be dangerous by the companies that introduced them. After countless rollover accidents and deaths, manufacturers switched from three to four wheels, making the vehicles slightly more stable. But there are still numerous problems with ATVs, including their high center of gravity and lack of basic but crucial safety features.
Other potentially liable parties can include:
- Vehicle retailers and rental companies
- Property owners (if riders were unaware of dangerous conditions or were unsupervised)
- Vehicle owners (if someone else was injured while operating or riding as a passenger)
- Adults who fail to supervise children while the kids are riding
- Drivers of other vehicles (in cases when the ATV legally crosses a road or highway)
In Pennsylvania, ATV owners are required to carry liability insurance, so insurance companies would likely be parties to litigation as well.
Injured in a 4-Wheeler Accident? Contact Us to Discuss Your Legal Options.
In order to help riders understand their legal rights and options after an ATV crash, our firm offers free initial consultations to clients in west central Pennsylvania. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online contact form or call 814-515-9074.