All-Terrain Vehicle Accidents

All-Terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be classified as three- or four-wheelers, with or without roll bars. Over the years, the sophistication of this vehicle and its popularity has increased dramatically.

Whether you have grown up in the country or in the city, it is most likely that at some point you have come into contact with an ATV whether it be for sport on a hunting trip or on a racing track, or for transportation around your property. I grew up in the country on 35 acres and all of the kids in our neighborhood had ATV's. Mind you, this was not a subdivision so as children who lived in the country whose houses were separated by miles and miles of land, for many of us, since we were not old enough to drive, the ATV was our primary means of transportation.

We were daredevils with our ATVs and, as with most children, thought we were invincible. I recall one evening in the dark riding on the back of an ATV with a friend and we were playing tag with some other friends on their ATVs. We were in the woods and knew the trails well, but they were not well lit and it was dark. The person driving the ATV in which I was riding spotted a tree branch and ducked her head to avoid hitting it. I, on the other hand, caught the sharp branch across my neck. I was lucky that my head was not decapitated or I wouldn't be here telling you this story. I, however, did suffer severe cuts, bruises, and other injuries to my neck at the point of impact. This story is meant to illustrate that these vehicles are, by their very nature, dangerous.

Even with an experienced driver and rider, accidents can happen. If you or a loved one has been injured or tragically killed in an ATV accident, then please contact Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Associates as soon as possible so that we may discuss your case. We may be contacted at 770-865-8654, 800-419-0860 or through our contact form.

We have many years of experience representing people who have been injured in ATV accidents and we also have experience in dealing with the manufacturers of ATVs that may have been negligent in the production of the vehicle which would substantiate a product liability case against said manufacturer(s). Since product liability cases are very difficult, it is imperative that you seek the advise of an experienced attorney to assist in such a case. Our lawyers have over 50 years of collective experience representing clients in such claims. All of our consultations are free of charge so we look forward to hearing from you soon.

As most of us are familiar with the term, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," the following are some safety rules to observe when either driving or riding on an ATV:

  • Wear a Helmet and other gear to protect you such as googles, boots, and long sleeve pants and shirts
  • Avoid using an ATV on a road that is paved
  • Take a Safety Course specific to the use of an ATV

The most common accidents on an ATV involve the vehicle rolling over or flipping and this can cause serious and catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries. It is, therefore, imperative that if you have been injured in an ATV accident that you seek medical attention immediately without delay.

It is also important to contact an experienced attorney right away and you may contact us at 770-865-8654 or 800-419-0860 anytime to discuss your case so that you receive the proper medical treatment, legal advice, and in many cases the proper compensation.

Always remember, safety first!