ATV Accident Attorneys – Personal Injury Law
Our Personal Injury Law Firm in Texas represents people who have been injured when their all-terrain vehicle (ATV), dirt bike or other off-road or off-highway vehicle (OHV) did not perform properly due to a design or manufacturing defect which caused serious personal injury or wrongful death to the rider or passenger.
Texas has miles of trails and roads for the ATV enthusiast. When operated with proper care, these vehicles provide fun and recreation. However, a defective machine may roll over, tip over, flip over, pitch forward, or fall backward on hills or inclines, when encountering a rock or depression, or in a sharp turn. ATVs can weigh several hundred pounds and can cause serious injuries in an accident, including fractures; head, neck and back injuries; traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries; crushing internal injuries; and wrongful death.
ATVs and Products Liability Law
ATVs are supposedly designed for all types of terrain, as their name implies. Moreover, they are specifically marketed, often to minors, for recreational use on, particularly rugged and difficult terrain. They should therefore not tip over easily if they are properly designed and manufactured and used appropriately.
One aspect of product liability law that is often particularly applicable to ATV accidents is the duty to provide adequate instructions for safe use and conspicuous warnings about known dangers when using the vehicle. Instructions should be clear and easy to understand, and warning notices should be well-marked on the vehicle itself where appropriate as well as provided on any vehicle packaging and documentation.
Some OHV or off-road vehicles are street legal and others are not. Cars and trucks driving the roads and highways near wilderness areas should be particularly attentive to ATVs entering or leaving the road. An ATV on the road will likely be traveling at a slower speed than other vehicles on the road, and misjudging this differential can be disastrous, especially to the rider. ATV riders should of course be aware of these dangers as well and should not drive their vehicles on the road where unsafe or prohibited by law. A negligent ATV rider can injure him or herself off the road as well as hurt others by causing a crash on the road. Passengers on ATVs can be injured by negligent operators, who can also collide with other ATVs when driving carelessly or recklessly.
Texas Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in an ATV accident due to another negligent driver or a defective vehicle, Trust us for Justice to help you recover compensation for your damages from the responsible party. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping victims of motor vehicle accidents of all kinds. In the Texas area, contact our Personal Injury Law Firm to find out how we can help you.