Minneapolis All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Accident Lawyers
The personal injury attorneys at Hall Law have extensive experience handling a variety of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) cases, and we understand the issues involved in presenting an ATV claim.
ATVs are 3 or 4-wheeled vehicles used for off-road riding. ATVs are ideal for many outdoor activities and are commonly used by:
- Farmers and ranchers
- Hunters and fishermen
- First responders
- Commercial landscapers
- Families (recreational use)
The last 30 years have seen a significant increase in the popularity and use of ATVs, and with that has come an increase in the number of accidents involving ATVs.
ATV Accidents & Injuries
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been more than 6,000 ATV-related deaths since 1982. Tragically, 31% of these reported deaths were children under the age of 16 and 13% were under the age of 12. In addition, many more people have been seriously injured in ATV-related accidents. ATV injuries include:
Many of these accidents are a result of the unsafe condition of the ATV.
When ATVs were first introduced to the market in the early 1970s they were “three-wheelers.” These vehicles were involved in so many rollover accidents resulting in injury or death that a lawsuit was filed against their manufacturers in the late 1980s. This litigation caused the ATV manufacturers to agree to stop producing three-wheeled ATVs, but they did not recall the millions of defective ones that had already been sold. As a result many of these extremely dangerous ATVs remain in use today.
In addition, many ATV accidents are caused by improper use of ATVs by untrained, unskilled, or careless operators.
ATV Injury Reference Materials
- ATV Accidents & Injuries: How to Protect Yourself
- ATV Safety Institute
- ATV Ag Safety Fact Sheet (OSHA)
- ATV Safety at Work (CDC)
Work With an Experienced ATV Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, the compassionate and dedicated attorneys at Hall Law can help. Our law firm has more than 35 years of experience representing people who have been injured in accidents and has successfully represented clients in numerous ATV-related cases.
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ATV Accident FAQs
The following data on ATV injuries and deaths is from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission: As of December 31, 2018, CPSC staff received reports of 15,744 ATV-related fatalities occurring between 1982 and 2018. The tally of reported deaths currently includes 264 deaths in 2018, and 463 in 2017. However, counts for these years are expected to increase in future reports, because death reporting for 2017 and 2018 is ongoing.
- Call the police and report the collision to law enforcement.
- If the accident involved another driver, exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
- Take photos of the scene and vehicle damage.
- If you develop any new symptoms, you should get medical care right away.
- Report the accident and your injuries to your insurance company immediately.
- It is wise to promptly contact a lawyer.
Liability for an ATV accident depends on the circumstances. Liable parties can include: a negligent driver, an owner of an unsafe and negligently maintained ATV, an property owner whose property contains hidden and unsafe hazards, or an ATV manufacturer.
Preserve Your Rights
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an ATV accident, it is important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve essential evidence and to address other critical and time sensitive considerations. If you have a potential ATV injury claim, please call us and speak with one of our personal injury attorneys to ensure your rights are preserved.