Houston ATV Accident Attorneys
Representing Those Injured in Texas Accidents with Recreational Vehicles
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 135,000 people are injured every year because of an accident involving a recreational all-terrain vehicle (ATV). What's more is that over 700 are involved in a fatal crash; one-third of such fatal accidents occur to children who are under 16 years of age. This is nothing to take lightly. If you have been injured in such an accident, no matter whether it was recreational or if it was while on the job, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim to recover full and fair compensation. Speak with our Houston ATV injury lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your case.
The leading causes of ATV accidents include the following:
- Operator Behavior - Often, ATVs are being used is in rural land. Should the operator not know the way to handle the vehicle, it can cause them to be ejected, for the car to roll over, or for them to lose control.
- Incorrect Number of Passengers - Another common cause is when an operator puts a passenger on an ATV when it is designated as one person only. ATVs may have the "room" to fit another body, but they commonly not built to safely hold more than one. Not just because of weight limits, but also because a passenger can't maneuver with the vehicle. When operating a smaller ATV, the driver will have to shift their weight to stay balanced; a passenger won't be able to shift with the vehicle intuitively and will be vulnerable to falling off or throwing off the entire vehicle's balance.
- Defective ATV - Should the throttle stick, steering lockup, suspension be faulty, or tires blowout, it can lead to an accident. In these cases, the the designer or manufacturer would be the one at fault.