ATV Injury Accident Lawyer-Dallas/Fort Worth Texas
ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles or 4-wheelers, have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years. But right along with it has come an increase in serious injuries from ATV accidents, especially injuries to children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that ATV accidents increased by 180% from 1994 to 2005—nearly tripling. Of those injuries, one-third were injuries to minors under 18. Minors also accounted for one-fourth of those killed by ATVs. And the average cost of medical care for victims of 4-wheeler accidents was $21,304.
Part of the problem with ATVs is that they are motor vehicles—but they are treated like toys by the law. Because they’re regulated as “consumer products” just like toasters, they’re not required to meet design standards or include safety measures as simple as seat belts. In Dallas/Fort Worth and throughout Texas, children as young as six may operate an ATV on public land, and face no restrictions at all on private land. In fact, companies market “youth” ATVs capable of highway speeds, targeting kids who are not old enough to drive.
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This lack of strong regulation has allowed ATV manufacturers to put defective products on the market. In 2009 alone, ATVs were recalled for brake failure, lack of brakes, steering problems and suspension problems. All of these can cause a loss of control leading to serious 4-wheeler accidents. Furthermore, because ATVs are designed to be used off-road, they typically have heavy bodies and high centers of gravity, a perfect recipe for a rollover accident. Rollover risk is regulated in sport-utility vehicles, but ATVs are not legally required to meet those standards. As a result, riders are at great risk for a deadly rollover crash.
Contact Coby L. Wooten for Experienced Legal Representation
The law office of Coby L. Wooten, P.C. represents victims of serious ATV injury accidents and their families. ATV accidents can cause death and permanent disabilities, including brain and spinal cord damage. When the crash was caused by the negligence of a manufacturer, supervising adult or others, victims have the right to claim financial compensation from those wrongdoers. As a Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney I can help victims claim damages for their injuries, physical pain, emotional suffering and any disability or death, along with compensation for medical bills and other costs.