In the rugged mountains surrounding Asheville, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) offer both fun and practicality, but they are far from a completely safe mode of transportation. Also known as four-wheelers or quad bikes, ATVs offer riders minimal protection in the event of a crash. Unlike a car or truck, riders are completely exposed to all hazards.
Making matters worse, these vehicles are heavy and have a high center of gravity, making them prone to rollovers. Since they are not designed to go on the road, ATVs have a high chance of losing traction on paved roads or becoming involved in a traffic accident.
At Auger & Auger, our Asheville ATV accident attorneys see numerous injury and death cases every year. Any time a four-wheeler accident happens, families may be caught off-guard by steep hospital bills and long recovery times. We want injury victims to be able to seek the compensation they need to recover medically and financially from these trying situations.
If you have been injured in an accident on an ATV, four wheeler, quad bike, three-wheeler, or other recreational vehicle, know that you could have options for pursuing compensation from liable parties. You can explore your options for filing a personal injury claim with the help of our experienced, attentive Asheville ATV accident lawyers.
Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with an ATV injury lawyer in Asheville today when you contact us online or call (828) 222-7649.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ATV accidents caused over 101,000 injuries in 2016. On an average year, four wheelers cause around 650 deaths, including about 77 deaths of children 15 and younger. The majority of these accidents occur on paved roads and unpaved trails, where riders can reach higher speeds but then lose traction or collide with another vehicle or object. A high percentage of ATV accidents also occur when operators are 16 years old or younger.
ATV accidents can be particularly dangerous when the vehicles are used on paved public roads. An ATV is engineered for off-road use on unpaved roads, dirt, soil, or sand. When the vehicle is used on a paved road, the knobby tires could lose grip on the relatively smooth surface. ATVs also lack road-ready features or safety engineering designed to protect riders. As a result, an ATV accident on a public road or highway can be highly likely to result in serious injury or death.
The CPSC estimates that the 101,000 estimated ATV injuries that occurred in 2016 can be broken down into the following types of injuries:
Any number of parties could be liable for the costs of your injury and other damages that resulted from your Asheville ATV accident. Adult supervisors of children may negligently give permission for your child to make unsafe choices, like riding an adult ATV on a paved highway. Negligent drivers may strike your ATV. A manufacturer could have sold you a defective product that made your accident more severe or practically unavoidable.
These possibilities illustrate why it is important to speak with an experienced ATV accident lawyer in Asheville following your rollover or wreck. They can reveal all of your legal options and point you towards the best strategy for seeking compensation given your unique scenario.
You should not have to bear the financial brunt of your ATV accident injuries if they were caused by the negligence of another. Speak to an Asheville ATV lawyer who wants to help you find compensation to help you pay for your injuries any way you can.
Schedule your free consultation with one of our Asheville four-wheeler accident attorneys now when you contact us online or call (828) 222-7649.