Florence ATV Accident Lawyers
Skilled Legal Representation for the Injured in North Alabama
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have gained in popularity throughout the U.S. and Alabama in the recent decades. These vehicles are driven in off-road environments, often at high speeds and often by poorly trained drivers. These factors combined with the propensity of ATVs to flip over have resulted in thousands of injuries and deaths for riders and their passengers across the nation. Accidents can occur due to both the negligence of the driver as well as due to product liability based on defectiveness.
If you or a family member have been injured in an ATV accident anywhere in North Alabama, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is vital that you seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney who can properly evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim. At McCutcheon & Hamner, our legal team brings extensive legal experience and skill to your situation. With over 50,000 cases handled and more than $100 million recovered on behalf of Alabamans in our area, we bring thorough knowledge of Alabama injury law to every situation. Because we meticulously prepare every case for trial, we are able to put our clients in the best possible legal position which can lead to the most value for your claim or lawsuit.
ATV Accidents in Alabama
ATVs, also known as four-wheelers or quads, come in various sizes and are made for both adults and youngsters. Some ATVs are designed for one passenger only while others encased in a steel case are designed for more than one rider. As a result, these accidents can involve both drivers and “passengers” depending on the situation.
According to various statistical sources, about 135,000 people become injured in ATV-related accidents annually. Approximately 300 to 400 people lose their lives in these accidents with one-third of them being minors under the age of 16. Per the Consumer Federation of America, 18 people died in ATV-related accidents in Alabama in 2018. Many injuries and deaths occur when riders are thrown from the ATV or when the vehicle flips and crashes on top of the rider.
All ATV’s, whether four-wheelers or enclosed cab models such as the Yamaha Rhino, Polaris Ranger, and Kawasaki Mule, are prone to rollover or tip-over. Rollover occurs when an ATV rolls over on its side. The Yamaha Rhino, for example, has been shown to rollover even on flat, open ground. Tip-over occurs when the front of the ATV comes off the ground and falls backward onto the passenger. Tip-over has been shown to occur on the slightest of incline, even flat ground.
Thus, ATV accidents can include serious head injuries as well as bodily injury from impacts.
These accidents can result in:
- Major hospital and/or emergency room bills
- Ongoing medical care in the most serious injury cases
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability in the worst cases, such as those where catastrophic injuries have occurred
These injuries can lead to claims based on personal injury law or product liability. Personal injury law is based on the negligence of another individual; if you were injured due to the ATV driver’s negligence, you may have a valid claim. Product liability law is based on the ATV or some component part of it having been defective in design, manufacture, or marketing.
Get Knowledgeable Legal Representation
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury, illness, or death as a result of an ATV accident, you may have a valid legal claim in which you can seek compensation for your damages. If you have questions about any potential ATV accident injury case, it in your best interests to turn to an experienced attorney at our firm who can review your case, answer your questions, and advise you on your legal options. We urge you to talk to a Florence ATV accident lawyer at McCutcheon & Hamner about your case as soon as possible.