Florida’s diverse natural terrain makes it well-suited for people who enjoy all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. As the name implies, ATVs are vehicles designed for use on a variety of terrains, and come in a number models, including those that have 3 and 4 wheels. While not legal to operate on paved roads in Florida, there are many places that riders may use their ATVs, including in certain state parks as well private facilities designed for ATV use.
While ATVs can be useful and fun, they also expose riders to a significant risk of serious injury when they are involved in accidents. ATV accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but when they occur due to the negligence of another party, victims may be able to recover for their losses by filing a Florida personal injury claim. The best way to determine whether you may be able to recover after an ATV accident is to discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Top 10 states where people die on ATVs from 1982 - 2007 :
1. California - 504 deaths
2. Texas - 478 deaths
3. Pennsylvania - 459 deaths
4. West Virginia - 444 deaths
5. Kentucky - 419 deaths
6. Florida - 407 deaths
7. Tennessee - 358 deaths
8. New York - 338 deaths
9. North Carolina - 331 deaths
10. Michigan - 315 deaths
While researching this topic, I found it sad that the number of deaths from ATVs from 1982 - 2017 is the same as the Orlando area code. 407. That is almost 17 deaths per year over a 25 year span. Let's move Florida out of the top 10 in "Deaths Associated With ATVs" in the US.
While ATVs can be useful and fun, they also expose riders to a significant risk of serious injury when they are involved in accidents. ATV accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but when they occur due to the negligence of another party, victims may be able to recover for their losses by filing a Florida personal injury claim.
The best way to determine whether you may be able to recover after an ATV accident is to discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please do not allow a child under 16 to drive or ride an ATV.
~ Most if not all of these deaths are avoidable ~
ATVs and Defective Design, Manufacture, and Marketing
Under general product liability principles, a person injured by a consumer product that is defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed may be able to recover for any losses that they incur as a result of the defect. In this context, defective marketing refers to a failure to warn a consumer about an inherent danger posed by the product that could be easily mitigated by warning the consumer about the danger.
There are many ways that an ATV could be defectively manufactured or designed that could lead to an accident. For example, if an ATV is designed in such a way that it fails to maintain stability or balance on an incline or through a sudden turn, it may be sufficient to establish liability on the part of the manufacturer in the event of an accident.
In cases of defective manufacturing, the vehicle itself may have been designed properly but was manufactured in such a way as to make it dangerous to use as intended. Defective manufacturing issues can involve problems with the materials used, the way in which the vehicle was put together, problems with specific equipment, or even the failure of after-market customizations.
Like all motorized vehicles, ATVs can be involved in collisions with other vehicles or objects that can cause serious injury to riders. Even though there are no traffic laws regulating the way people operate their ATVs in the places where ATVs are being driven, general principles of negligence still apply. This means that people operating ATVs owe others a duty of care to drive their vehicles in a way as to not create an unreasonable risk of injury.
ATV accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries, including the following:
Because the injuries that people can sustain in an ATV accident can involve serious medical complications, it is important for victims to make sure their legal rights are protected by consulting with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.