Philadelphia ATV Accident Lawyers
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Accidents
The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) can be fun to ride or a helpful tool for outdoor work. But statistics show that riding an ATV can be very dangerous. For the past decade, there have been an average of over 100,000 reported emergency room visits nationwide for ATV related-accidents per year. From 2005-2007, there were an average of over 775 deaths from all terrain vehicle accidents per year.
The Pennsylvania injury lawyers at Galfand Berger have a long history of representing victims of ATV-related accidents and their families. In recent years, Galfand Berger has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for victims of ATV accidents, including the highest settlement ever recorded in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
There can be many causes for an ATV accident. Unfortunately, a large percentage of ATV accidents occur when the owner of their ATV allows someone to use their ATV that should not be driving – such as a minor, someone who is intoxicated, or an otherwise inexperienced ATV user. Statistics show that every year for the past decade an average of 100 children under the age of 16 are killed in ATV related accidents, and many more are seriously injured. Many ATV accidents occur when some friends have had a few drinks and decide to take their ATV out for a spin. The owner of an ATV has a responsibility to prevent minors or other incompetent operators from riding their ATV. If you or someone you know has been injured while riding someone else’s ATV, please contact a Philadelphia accident attorney at Galfand Berger today.
An ATV accident can also be caused by a problem with the ATV itself. The Consumer Product Safety Commission tells us that the average life of an ATV is seven years. During that time there is a significant risk of serious injury or death either because of flipping over, tipping over and turning over – any of which can result in severe or deadly injuries. While this instability is known to manufacturers and they have attempted to address this risk, the risk still continues. Likewise, many ATV’s are sold without proper warnings or safety equipment, which can create a danger to operators. Every ATV accident which results in serious injury and/or death should be investigated to see whether the injury was caused by an inherent defect in the design of the ATV.
You are probably visiting our website because you or someone close to you suffered a serious injury or death due to an ATV. Please follow up this visit by contacting our office. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are experienced in representing victims of serious injury or death due to ATV accidents. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call us today at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a free consultation with a qualified Philadelphia injury attorney or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you. There is no fee unless we recover money for you.