Representing Victims of ATV Accidents
Minnesotans enjoy their ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) because they are practical and fun. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 800 people die every year in the U.S. from ATV accidents and injuries. Approximately one-third of ATV accidents and deaths involve children under age 16, according to the CPSC.
Contact Heimerl & Lammers if you suffer an ATV injury caused by an inexperienced or careless rider, or if the injury is due to a defective ATV. Our personal injury attorneys offer a free and informative consultation about your ATV injury claim.
ATV Dangers and Safety Tips
ATVs cause approximately 135,000 injuries to riders every year. Riders underestimate the risks presented by ATVs, but they can accelerate just as quickly as a motorcycle and can weigh up to a quarter of a ton. Here are some ATV safety tips for safer riding:
- Riders should undergo proper training just as with a car or motorcycle
- Always wear a helmet – most ATV injuries are head injuries and severe head trauma
- Never operate an ATV with two people on board – ATVs are for drivers only and not passengers
- ATVs are extremely difficult to operate on a paved road, and it can lead to a collision with an automobile
In Minnesota, all ATV riders under age 18 must wear a helmet when riding on public land. Unfortunately, most riders use their ATVs on private land. Our personal injury lawyers have helped clients with ATV injuries caused by various factors, including:
- A flipped or over-turned ATV
- A manufacturing or design defect
- An accident on another person’s property
- A rider thrown from an ATV
ATV injuries can result in significant medical expenses and missed time from work. Unlike an automobile, there is no cabin to shield you in an accident. The bulk of ATV injuries occur when the rider lands on the ground. If someone else’s negligence is responsible for your injury, you are entitled to compensation.
Call Us for a Free Consultation
The ATV accident lawyers at Heimerl & Lammers can answer your questions about your legal rights after an ATV injury. Our lawyers can plan a legal course of action while you focus on getting better. Contact us for a free initial consultation.