Riding off-road recreational vehicles is a popular sport in California due to the wide variety of terrain and excellent weather – which means that ATV accidents are all too common. In fact, California is among the top 10 states where people die on ATVs.
If you’ve had an accident while operating an ATV responsibly, you may be eligible for compensation. An experienced accident lawyer on our team can evaluate your case for free and make sure you’re aware of your options.
What are Typical ATV Accidents?
ATVs used to be manufactured with three wheels, but the newer models sold today are built with four wheels, which is why they are sometimes called “quads”. The four wheels are supposed to increase stability of the vehicle, but there are still many circumstances that can lead to an ATV accident. Drunk-driving, speeding, and hill-climbing (leading to rollover) and other types of negligent driving are often a factor.
In some cases, there is a second passenger who falls off of a vehicle that is built for only one. Even on a vehicle built for two passengers, the shifting of the weight can throw the whole thing off balance.
Can You Operate an ATV with a Suspended Driver’s License?
No, operating an ATV with a suspended driver’s license in California is illegal on public land.
Who is Liable for an ATV Accident?
Liable parties may include:
The vehicle manufacturer
A defective part or design flaw could cause the vehicle to be unsafe.
The person or entity who owns the land
This applies when there is an especially dangerous condition, such as a large hole on the trail.
The owner of the vehicle
If a child was involved in the accident, the parent or guardian who should have ensured that child’s ability to drive safely may be at fault.
ATV Accident Injuries
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there were 107,900 ATV-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2012. The most common injuries occur to the
- arms and hands
- head or neck
- legs and feet
If you have suffered an injury, or someone you love has been hurt or even killed in an ATV accident, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible. Speed is crucial in collecting information and evidence after any accident.
We have Northern California offices conveniently located in Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Oakland and Stockton, or we can even come to you. Accident attorneys who speak Spanish and Chinese are also available.