For many people, ATVs are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. But it turns out these vehicles are often quite dangerous, on average causing more serious accidents than motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one is badly hurt by a recreational vehicle or ATV, call a motor vehicle accident lawyer who knows the unique harm these vehicles can cause.
Causes of ATV/RV Accidents
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are commonly called four-wheelers. They are promoted as a way to navigate rough backcountry landscapes, but for all their utility, they are not completely safe for everyone.
Here are some common causes of ATV accidents:
- Passengers, since ATVs are only meant for one person.
- Driving while intoxicated.
- Driving while distracted.
- Disobeying the rules of the road.
When an ATV accident happens, it’s common for the vehicle to roll over and pin the driver under the vehicle. In the event of a collision with another vehicle, large rock or tree, the driver may be thrown out of his seat. In these cases, a head, neck or shoulder injury may occur. As with any serious injury, it can take a long time to recover.
Other Recreational Vehicle Accidents
In addition to ATVs, other motorized vehicles may cause unexpected mishaps. FDS Law helps victims of recreational vehicle accidents involving motor homes, travel trailers, golf carts, jet skis and other water vehicles. Boating accidents are such an issue in the United States that the Coast Guard keeps annual statistics on water accidents. In 2015 alone, there were 4,158 accidents on the nation’s waterways.
What to Do After an ATV or RV Accident
Like with all cases of potential negligence, it’s important to take as many notes as possible about what happened. If you were on the water, take note of the weather conditions or anything that would have contributed to your accident. In the backwoods, note any hazards in the roadway. If you can, take photos of the scene of the accident and gather the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Contact an ATV Accident Lawyer
The days and months after an ATV or RV accident can be difficult as you recover physically. You may not be able to work and may struggle in discussions with your insurance company. An accident lawyer will remove this burden from you while you focus on getting better. At FDS Law, you benefit from our no fee if no recovery policy, which means you pay us nothing until you get a settlement.