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All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) accidents can often lead to serious or even fatal injuries. Rollover accidents are most typical of ATVs. The injuries seen from ATV accidents are due to the vehicle’s instability.

ATVs can be fun and a great way to explore California’s many outdoor attractions, including beaches, mountains, and woodland areas. Unfortunately, they can also be more dangerous than people realize. If you or a loved one has been involved in an ATV accident, the San Francisco ATV accident attorneys at Allegiance Law can help you hold the appropriate parties responsible. We will help you get the compensation you deserve.

The Causes of ATV Accidents

According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 700 ATV-related deaths occur each year and an estimated 90,000 ATV-related injuries. The same report found California to be in the top five states for the highest number of reported ATV-related deaths. The top five states account for roughly 25% of all deaths from ATV accidents.

ATV accidents can result from a multitude of factors. Many people who drive ATVs are inexperienced and young. The typical age for an ATV user is between the ages of 12-25 and a third of people killed in ATV accidents each year are under the age of 16. Even experienced riders can be reckless.

Some of the more common causes of ATV accidents include:

  • Dangerous and defective ATV parts
  • Improper helmet and safety gear
  • ATV rental companies failing to provide appropriate training
  • Drunk riders
  • Distracted riders
  • Negligent riders

If someone else’s negligence or recklessness has caused you to suffer an injury due to an ATV accident, you have the right to seek recovery from the responsible party(ies).

ATV Injuries

ATV accidents can lead to serious injuries. A recent report found that “almost 75% of the total number of ATV accidents and injuries result[ed] in debilitating spinal cord and brain injuries.” Further, roughly 50% of injuries sustained by ATV accidents occur to a person’s arm or head and neck region.

Spinal cord injuries are very serious and can result in organ failure, paralysis (total or partial), a coma, and even death.

Children injured in an ATV accident are likely to have an increased risk of future injuries because they are not fully developed. Children are especially prone to future back, spine, joint, and muscle injuries as a result of an ATV accident.

Additionally, people will typically try to downplay the seriousness of an ATV accident and therefore injuries will either go undertreated or untreated. This can result in serious problems later down the road. ATV accidents should not be taken lightly.

Seeking Legal Assistance for an ATV Accident

Getting the appropriate medical care is important after an ATV accident, but seeking legal assistance is just as important. Protect your legal right and speak with an experienced San Francisco auto accident attorney today.

It is important to file the appropriate insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits against liable parties. The attorneys at Allegiance Law will diligently investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to properly pursue your claims. Contact our attorneys today by calling us at 415-404-6395 to find out exactly what we can do for you.