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 and lead to serious injuries or death. Since they became popularly used, there have been hundreds of thousands of reported emergency room visits nationwide for ATV related-accidents.
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 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 annually 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, tipping or turning over – any of which can result in severe or deadly injuries. While manufacturers are aware of this instability and they have attempted to address this risk, the risk is still present. 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.
If you or a loved one has been injured, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
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