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Texas is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities. Between hunting, camping, fishing, and ranch activities, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are a big part of outdoor enjoyment. Nevertheless, many very serious injuries occur in all-terrain vehicle accidents, and each year over 111,000 Americans are injured or killed in a crash involving an ATV. Many of the victims are children who are not physically or mentally prepared to safely operate the vehicles. If you are loved one has been injured in an ATV accident in the state of Texas, obtaining a qualified and experienced reputation as early as possible can be an important first step. Generally, the more serious the injury, the more important your choice of a Texas personal injury attorney to represent you becomes. Understanding your rights and options after an ATV accident can come from a consultation with a reputable and experienced Houston ATV accident lawyer.
What is an ATV or a UTV?
The most common ATV is a 4wheeler; also known as a quad bike what recreationists and ranchers use across the state. Some ATVs are used for racing and most are either work vehicles or aids to hunters. These vehicles can weigh over 500 pounds and some can approach 60 miles per hour. Side by side vehicles or UTVs are used for recreation and work activities can also be involved in many injury accidents. Manufactures such as Polaris Honda Can-Am Kawasaki John Deere Kubota Arctic Cat And others make ATVs or UTVs. A UTV is usually a side-by-side seating arrangement and can have 4 seats or even great capacity models. Some are slow and steady and some are very fast. Even with the state of the art safety features injury is likely in a serious crash due to the lack of protection afforded in passenger cars.
The injuries that can occur with a UTV or an ATV crash can be as diverse as those found in car accidents. However, because of the lack of protection, particularly with 4 Wheelers head or brain injury is especially common. Our Houston ATV accident lawyer will help you with all types of crashes.
Who May Be Liable for an ATV Wreck?
How an accident happens requires a close examination of the factual circumstances for each case. In effect, accident victims should ask the simple question who did something wrong? From experience, we know that they are three main types of defendants in an ATV or UTV crashes. They are:
- The operator of the vehicle – they have been operating the vehicle negligently or recklessly and was the cause or a cause of the crash.
- The owner can in some cases be held legally responsible for an ATV or UTV wreck if they let underage or inexperienced drivers operate the vehicle or were otherwise negligent.
- A manufacturer may in some cases be held accountable for a dangerous design when safer alternative designs we feasible.
The Importance of Selecting an Experienced ATV Accident Lawyer
Usually, the injuries suffered in an ATV or UTV accident are severe. Quite often the injured are children or young teenagers who were completely aware of the dangers of these types of vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers and others suggest training and limitations on the age of persons who can use any recreational vehicle.
Get A Free Consultation with an ATV Accident Injury Attorney in Texas.
Call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a free no-obligation consultation after a serious injury or wrongful death ATV or UTV accident. Sometimes the crash needs to be reconstructed and the earlier the victims retain counsel the better. Always make sure and preserve the vehicle itself even if it is totaled in the crash. Call (281) 587-1111 for a no-obligation consultation with our Houston ATV Accident Lawyer.
Resources For Families: http://www.today.com/health/dangerous-ride-atv-deaths-prompt-safety-warnings-848890 http://www.consumerfed.org/pdfs/Final_ATVReportLinks.pdf