ALABAMA ATV ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Serving Alabama Accident Victims Statewide
ATVs are inherently dangerous due to the high speed and weight of the vehicle. The risk of danger increases with the addition of passengers or when no helmet is present. If you or a loved one have experienced serious injuries in an all-terrain vehicle crash please contact our lawyers for a free case evaluation.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 135,000 people are injured every year because of an accident involving a recreational all-terrain vehicle (ATV). What’s more is that over 700 are involved in a fatal crash; one-half of such fatal accidents occur to children who are under 16 years of age. Tragically, Alabama lost 244 of its own citizens in ATV fatalities between 1982 and 2009. Over half of all ATV injuries and deaths occur in children under the age of 16. Many fatalities occur when children ride large-model ATVs weighing up to 600 pounds or more. Although these models are meant for adults, and can travel up to 60 M.P.H. The people who are most commonly hurt are women and older children. Recent research showed that between 1997 and 2006, there was a 240% increase in the amount of child-related ATV injuries.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents
ATVs are rugged, heavy vehicles capable of reaching speeds of 65 mph. Even for experienced drivers, ATV’s can be extremely dangerous and pose serious risks. Some of the common causes of accidents:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inexperienced driver
- Driving on paved roads
- Lack of safety equipment/no helmet
- Multiple passengers
What to do After an ATV Accident in Alabama
1. Seek medical attention immediately.
2. Collect information.
3. Take photos.
4. File a collision/accident claim.
5. Call our ATV accident attorneys.
What are the Most Common Alabama ATV Accident Injuries?
- Catastrophic injuries
- Broken bones
- Eye injury
- Chest injury
- Spinal cord fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
- Soft tissue injuries
- Hip injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Strained ligaments
- Back muscle sprains
- Scrapes and Cuts
- Broken ribs
- Internal injuries
- Jaw injuries
- Loss of teeth
- Neck injuries
- Crushed larynx
- Crushed trachea
- Broken neck
- Pelvic injuries
- Penetration injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Appendicular skeletal fractures
Does Insurance Cover ATV Accidents in Alabama?
While ATVs must be insured separately from your auto policy, there are some exceptions in Alabama. In some cases, ATV accidents can be covered by a homeowner’s or farm policy. Some policies provide coverage depending on location, how the accident happened, and whether it happened on your land. For example, your insurance may cover an accident that occurred on your property but not a public road or your neighbor’s property. The types of coverage that you can receive through insurance companies for your four-wheeler can include liability, collision and comprehensive.
You may be eligible to recover:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Living expenses during recovery
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Disability or permanent injury
- Funeral expenses
Free, No Obligation Claim Review
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in or died as a result of an all-terrain vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another person, contact the personal injury lawyers at Ferguson & Ferguson today. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your potential legal rights to compensation. If you or a family member sustained a severe injury involving an ATV, contact our Decatur and Huntsville personal injury lawyers today. Speak with our Alabama ATV injury lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your case. Call 256-534-3435 now. Free consultation.
Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Decatur Office Location:
211 Oak Street NE
Decatur, AL 35601