Fort Myers Accident Law Firm Helping Victims of ATV Injuries
The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., represents people and their families who have suffered injuries in all types of all-terrain vehicle or "ATV" accidents. There are many types of ATVs, some of which are used recreationally and some which typically are used for work or farming purposes. Unfortunately, some manufacturers of ATVs have dangerously designed them, which may permit them to roll over easily or fail to provide adequate protection in the form of roll cages or seat belts for their occupants. When these safety precautions are not taken by manufacturers, or when ATV drivers operate them in a negligent fashion, accidents can occur that result in serious injuries and even deaths.
ATV Regulations in Florida
A drivers’ license is not required to operate an ATV. As a result, children often operate ATVs recreationally or on farms. When inexperienced young people ride ATVs with little or no driving instruction beforehand, they are particularly prone to accidents. ATVs are typically very heavy machines that can crush or even kill a child; therefore, when children ride ATVs and get into accidents, the risk of injury is very high. All too often, parents unwittingly allow children to ride ATVs on the assumption that they are safe to ride and operate on their own. As a result, parents often do not give children the instruction and experience necessary to properly operate these potentially dangerous vehicles.
Our Fort Myers accident law firm can investigate dangers inherent in the ATV itself, as well as the multiple forms of insurance that may cover the injuries resulting from the accident. ATVs have been the subject of significant investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Moreover, ATVs have been the subject of numerous recalls because of safety problems and devastating injuries caused by their accidents. Therefore, ATVs have a history of defects and safety issues that have led to many injuries and deaths nationwide, as well as in the state of Florida. When these accidents occur, injury victims and their families are entitled to seek compensation for their losses, including compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of damages. In the case of a death resulting from an ATV accident, recoverable expenses may include funeral and burial expenses, as well.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Rights Following an ATV Accident
Injured in an ATV accident? You may be entitled to compensation, and our Fort Myers accident law firm can help. Contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been involved in an ATV accident that resulted in injury or death. If you retain us to assist you, we will charge you no fees or costs unless you win a settlement or a jury verdict from the responsible party or parties. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page to view the results in some of the cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
More Helpful Information
All terrain vehicles (ATVs) may be deceiving. They do not require a license to drive. Many parents believe they are a safe toy for children. However, this is not the case.
In June 2014 Amy Van Dyken, six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. The local police department said that the ATV she was driving hit a restaurant parking lot curb and sent her over a drop-off of between five to seven feet.
In 2011 there were an estimated 107,500 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries in the United States, 27% of which were children younger than 16. (CPSC 2011 Annual Report - Issued February 2013)