Denver ATV Injury Attorneys
ATVs are inherently dangerous. Called out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman as "The fifth deadliest product that we oversee," in an article on TODAY, ATVs nationwide kill about 700 people and injure 136,000 more every day.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while using an ATV, speak to our experienced Denver personal injury lawyers. There may be compensation available to you. Whether you were driving an ATV, riding with a friend, or just watching the fun, someone else's negligence is never justifiable. After any ATV accident, call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 for a no-cost initial consultation.
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are designed to go off-road. These vehicles do not handle well on paved roads, and a driver may treat an ATV like a standard car, even though its ability to turn and brake is different.
ATV-related deaths have been on the decline for the last decade, in large part due to programs designed to spread awareness and safety training for people riding on ATVs. However, ATVs have never been more popular. There are an estimated 11 million in operation throughout the country, and many riders are children. A few years ago, children comprised one-third of the victims injured by ATVs, and one-quarter of the victims killed. Colorado currently falls in the middle of the states when it comes to ATV-related deaths.
There are about 650 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries each year that involve ATVs. June and July see the most ATV-related injuries.
In one 7-year study at the University of Iowa, researchers found that rollovers were the most common cause of ATV-related injury (42%), followed by striking an object (20%), ejection/fall (13%), and colliding with another ATV (7%). According to the study, "The increasing size and speed of today’s ATVs are also likely contributing to more serious injuries."
Some ATVs weigh over 800 pounds and are capable of speeds over 80 miles per hour. The injuries that we at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. see after ATV-related incidents can be horrific. Here are the most common:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Crush Injury
- Internal Bleeding
- Organ Rupture
- Fractured Bones
Catastrophic injuries are expensive. In order to treat spinal or traumatic brain injury, the victim will often need surgery and intensive, ongoing physical therapy.
ATV manufacturers can and have been sued for disregarding the safety of consumers. In 2013, an Alabama jury awarded $3.3 million to a woman who was seriously injured by a Yamaha Rhino 660. For years after releasing the Rhino in 2003, Yamaha was quietly settling numerous rollover claims with victims, who claimed the design of the vehicle was unsafe. In 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission got involved and pressured the company to make improvements. But it wasn’t until this verdict was handed down, with $2 million in punitive damages alone, that the message was clear – big manufacturers could (and would) lose if they ignored safety.
We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have the experience and resources to take on any corporation, no matter how powerful. We have handled many ATV cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an ATV due to someone else's negligence, call our Denver office at (303) 759-9945. We can sit down with you to discuss what happened and talk about your options. If we take your case, you pay nothing unless we get compensation for you. Our first priority is taking care of you and your family, making sure your future is secure.