Hurt in an ATV Rollover?
Philadelphia ATV Accident Lawyer for Victims of Auto Defects
All-terrain vehicles or ATVs are open motorized vehicles with handlebars for steering and a straddle seat. In recent years, ATVs have risen in popularity both for hauling and for recreational purposes. Unfortunately, this increase in popularity has been accompanied by an increase in the number of serious, often deadly, ATV accidents nationwide. Due to their design, ATVs are prone to rollover accidents, especially when used by young or inexperienced riders. When these vehicles crash, there is no protective shell or roof protecting the rider. This often results in severe neck injuries, which can cause lifelong paralysis or wrongful death. However, victims of these kinds of accidents and/or their families may be able to collect compensation from the manufacturer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, the personal injury lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are here to help. We are strong advocates for the injured and have a proven record of success in obtaining compensation for people like you. After an ATV accident, it is important to protect your legal rights. An ATV accident lawyer from our law firm will investigate your crash to find the facts and identify all liable parties, including the vehicle manufacturer. We have extensive experience helping people like you obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, wage loss and other hardships.
What are the Most Common Causes of ATV Rollover Accidents?
Pennsylvania is among the top three states that report the highest number of fatal ATV accidents in the nation. These accidents are often caused or worsened by many factors, including product defects. Some common factors that may contribute to ATV crash injuries include:
- Driver inexperience and/or lack of instruction. There are no licensing or training requirements for ATV operation, unless crossing or traveling on a road. Additionally, many riders, especially novices, may not realize the weight and power of these vehicles. This can lead to deadly driver errors. ATVs are particularly dangerous for children, who lack the size and control of an adult. In fact, over half of all ATV fatalities are riders under the age of 18.
- Driving on paved roads or highways. Operating an ATV on a paved road or highway is often dangerous. Although these vehicles may be able to match the speed of a car, negligence by other drivers is a serious concern.
- Product defects. Poor design or negligent manufacturing can cause brake or tire failure. Defective design can also make the whole ATV unstable and increase the risk of rollover accidents. Additionally, these vehicles must come with safety warnings concerning their correct use.
In addition to these common risks, ATVs provide little protection for their riders in the event of a crash. As a result, when ATV accidents occur, those involved can suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. ATVs are unstable and heavy (sometimes weighing in excess of 700 pounds), which is a dangerous combination. During ATV rollover accidents, drivers can be crushed under the weight of the vehicle.
Adding to the problem is the speed of ATVs, which can travel up to 60 miles per hour. Furthermore, their intended use is on uneven terrain, which can contribute to rollover accidents, especially at high speeds.
ATV Cause Severe Injuries or Wrongful Death? Free Consultation with an ATV Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one sustained catastrophic injuries in an ATV accident, our personal injury lawyers are here to answer your questions and provide representation. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey and also accept cases nationwide. Call our offices or contact us online today to speak with an experienced ATV accident lawyer. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we get results for you.