ATVs or “all-terrain vehicles” are not the safer alternatives to motorcycles and dirt bikes that their manufacturers and those who make money off them describe them to be. Given the complexity of the machines and their horsepower, ATV accidents can be every bit as serious.
ATV accidents may be even more complex than a crash that happens on the roadway. There may be more potential defendants, and it could be more difficult to investigate and get to the bottom of what happened. Even when you know what caused the crash, you have the burden of proof to demonstrate it to a court. On top of that, you may also be dealing with a difficult insurance company that is determined to make it harder for you to get the money that you deserve.
Common Types of ATV Accidents
Every year, over 700 people nationwide are killed and over 135,000 are injured in ATV accidents. These injuries can happen in a number of ways:
- Colliding with another vehicle
- The ATV catching fire or exploding
- Overturning when the driver loses control
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Running over dangerous objects in the path