The Consumer Product Safety Commission does not play around when it comes to warning the public about safety on ATVs. They know the danger that these vehicles pose to the public when they are not used correctly. In fact, these are some of the deadliest vehicles when you look at the crash to death and crash to injury ratios.
Pennsylvania is one of the most dangerous states when it comes to ATV deaths and injuries. Over a 32-year study of all the deaths in the country due to ATV crashes, Pennsylvania had 665.
At SMT Legal, we firmly believe that these vehicles can be used and enjoyed safely. However, we know that sometimes another person’s negligence can cause unexpected injuries. If you need a Pittsburgh ATV accident lawyer, you can count on us to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your injury-related expenses.
What Can Happen?
For the latest reporting year, there were more than 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries across the country involving ATV accidents. While we know that most of these crashes involve adults, 26% involve kids under the age of 16. Injuries from these accidents are often severe because most riders have little to no protection when they crash. Even a helmet cannot prevent much of the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fracture or dislocated bones
- And more
The cost of care for these injuries can become tremendous when it comes to medical expenses, but there are also hidden costs. If the victim is the main income earner for a family and is unable to work, income and benefits may stop coming in. If a person is disabled, there may need to be home and vehicle modifications.
When many people use an ATV, they often use someone else’s. Sometimes it is a friend’s and other times the ATV belongs to a company that rents them out. Before you get on another person’s ATV, ask yourself some questions:
- Did they properly maintain the ATV?
- Were your properly warned of the dangers?
- Did they train you to operate the vehicle?
If the answer to any of those is “no” or “maybe” then you should not be riding. The owner of the ATV could be held liable if an accident occurs.
Moving On From This
If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, we know you have any questions. Let our qualified and experienced team sit with you and give you the answers you need. We will chart a path forward that will secure compensation for the following:
- Your medical costs
- Lost income if you miss work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages