All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) include four-wheelers, side by sides, quads, gators, golf carts, and other vehicles and can be an extremely dangerous hobby if not taken seriously. With thousands of miles of ATV trails through North Florida and Southwest Georgia, this can be a fun way to spend time with friends and family, just be sure to take all safety precautions while doing so. It is important to keep in mind that ATVs are not designed to be driven on roads or streets and statistically more accidents happen on asphalt than in designated ATV areas (65 percent of deaths involving ATVs occur on roads).
Are ATV accidents common?
ATV injuries are extremely common. Nationwide there are around 134,000 injuries and over 700 deaths from all-terrain vehicles each year. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents involve children under the age of 16 years old.
What do I do if I am involved in an ATV Accident?
First, check on all persons involved and on the scene of the accident. Call an ambulance as soon as you can in case there are injuries involved. Sometimes these injuries can be more severe than they initially may seem, so it is important to have everyone checked out by a healthcare professional.
If an ATV accident occurs, collect the names and phone numbers of all involved, even uninvolved eyewitnesses. If you are involved in any type of accident, it is essential, if able, that you take photos of the accident with your phone. This includes pictures of vehicles involved, surrounding area, tag numbers, driver’s licenses, and insurance cards. Most importantly, make sure any injured persons are medically evaluated as soon as you can!
Call your attorney!
If you or anyone you know has been injured in an ATV accident contact us at Scott & Wallace today. Scott & Wallace is here to make sure you and your family are protected and that you receive any and all compensation you deserve.
All the attorneys and support staff at Scott & Wallace are fully knowledgeable and are ready to meet you where you are in your time of need. We take every single case seriously and our clients seriously. Don’t hesitate. We will make sure that you have all the answers to your questions and we will seek maximum compensation for you.