Nashville Injury Attorneys Fight for the Rights of those Injured in ATV Accidents
Aggressive advocates for the rights of the injured in Nashville, Hendersonville, Knoxville, and throughout Tennessee
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs as they are commonly called, provide a lot of fun for riders throughout the state of Tennessee. ATV enthusiasts ride these vehicles off-road on rugged terrain as an exhilarating recreational activity. Although they are a thrill to ride, they can be dangerous vehicles especially when the rider is inexperienced or a child who is physically too small to handle these large, powerful machines. When you sustain an injury when riding an ATV in Nashville, Hendersonville, Knoxville or anywhere else in Tennessee, and that injury was caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to take legal action and recover financial compensation for your injuries.
At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we know the serious consequences ATV riders face when they’re involved in a crash. Our Tennessee ATV accident attorneys recognize the struggles that riders may face, and we are committed to providing you with the compensation you need to rebuild your life after an accident. Our Gladiators in Suits are always ready to fight on your behalf, and we keep additional offices in Hendersonville and Knoxville so that we’re nearby when you need us.
Fast facts about ATV crashes
As the popularity of ATVs in the United States grows, so does the number of injuries and deaths that occur from all-terrain vehicle crashes. The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Center of the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Tennessee was among the top ten states for ATV injuries between 1982 and 2008–27 years of tracking injuries and deaths. In that time frame, Tennessee saw 386 deaths. Nationally, between 1982 and 2014, the CPSC reports 13,617 ATV-related fatalities. 3,098 (23 percent) of the fatalities were children under the age of 16. Of the fatalities in children under age 16, 1,342 (43 percent) were under the age of 12. Through a preliminary review of news reports, the CPSC estimates that there were at least 93,700 ATV-related injuries in 2014, 26 percent of which involved children under the age of 16. Of those injuries that received attention in hospital emergency departments, 87 percent were treated and released.
Common causes of ATV accidents
ATVs are rugged vehicles that have powerful engines. They should not be treated as if they were a toy. If children will be operating an ATV, they should be given specialized training and only operate an ATV of an appropriate size. Some of the common causes of ATV accidents include the following:
- A child driving an ATV that was designed for adults
- Driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inexperienced/ untrained driver
- Driving an ATV on pavement
- Drivers not wearing safety equipment
- More than one rider on an ATV designed for a single rider
- Defective design or malfunctioning parts
- Careless/ reckless driving
Where all-terrain vehicle crashes often occur
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the number of ATV injuries and fatalities has risen in the United States as more and more drivers take their ATVs on public and private paved roads. While an ATV can attain highway speeds, they are not designed to be driven on paved roads where their low-pressure tires make them prone to rollover. Two-thirds of ATV crashes occur on paved roads according to the IIHS. Accidents have also occurred on the following types of surfaces:
- Unpaved roads
- Fields, pasture or farmland
- Forests, wooded areas
- Desert, sand dunes and off-highway vehicle parks
Common Injuries from ATV crashes
An All-terrain vehicle crash in Tennessee can cause serious injuries and death. Some of the injuries for which individuals are treated in hospital emergency departments include:
- Arm and hand injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Leg and foot injuries
- Back, spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
How a Nashville All-terrain vehicle attorney can help when you have been injured
When you have been injured in an ATV crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have certain rights to compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, lost time at work and any other losses related to the accident. At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we take on the legal burden so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Our aggressive team of ATV crash attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Rocky and his team will fight for what you deserve
In these situations, you want an experienced Nashville ATV accident lawyer on your side to help you. The laws can be tough, but at RML, we’re tougher. Let us fight for you and your family after a crash. When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are welcome to fill out our contact form or call Rocky today at 615-246-5549 to schedule a free initial consultation. The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm’s law offices are located in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, but we fight for people all over Tennessee. When you need a Nashville ATV accident attorney on your side that truly represents you, it’s time to call RML.