ATV - All Terrain Vehicle Accidents

As all terrain vehicles (ATVs) have become more popular for recreational purposes, they have also become more dangerous and more frequently involved in serious and even fatal accidents.  Design defects, faulty parts, and inappropriate marketing are often the cause of these accidents.  ATV's are not toys and should not be marketed as toys, but, too often, children are injured or killed in these accidents.


Design Flaws


Some ATV's have design flaws which make them prone to rollover even at low speeds and on even ground.  Other design flaws leave riders unprotected during a crash, leading to serious injuries including amputations and death.


Faulty Parts


As ATV riding has become a popular sport, manufacturers have turned to untested, inadequate parts to speed up production and increase profits.  Faulty ATV parts can cause the vehicles to go out of control, crash, catch on fire or even explode.  ATV parts which have been known to fail, causing accidents, include:


  • Welds on control components
  • Steering components
  • Throttle
  • Brakes
  • Transmissions




ATV's are an indispensible tool for ranchers, search and rescue and other professionals whose jobs require that they work off road.  They can make recreational areas that would normally require an all day hike to reach, quickly accessible.  However, they require skill and training to ride safely.


ATV's are marketed to unskilled riders for their speed and power, often advertised as being capable of speeds and feats for which they are clearly not safe to use.  They are also marketed to children who are too young, physically small, and inexperienced to ride safely.


Inadequate Warnings


No training or proficiency tests are required in order to legally purchase, rent, or operate an ATV.  Manufacturers have a duty to provide clear and readable warnings of the specific dangers unique to each model of ATV.  Some fail to provide the warnings, and others provide manuals that are to complicated or confusing to be useful.  Rental centers and dealerships often fail to pass on the manuals and warning to renters and buyers.


ATV Accident Injuries


ATV accidents can cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries.  Common ATV accident injures include:


  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Facial fractures
  • Oral injuries
  • Amputation
  • Coma
  • Paralysis
  • Death


Off Road Accidents


Most ATV accidents are off road accidents.  Most driving laws do not apply and drivers do not have to be licensed or insured.  There may be multiple responsible parties including:


  • Manufacturer
  • Dealership
  • Rental center
  • ATV drivers
  • Adults who allowed a child to ride


At William J. Tinning, P. C., we believe that every case is important, and no case is too small.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an ATV accident, please call or email us today to schedule your free consultation.


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