ATV Accidents in Texas
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports Texas has more reported fatalities from ATVs than any other state. Texas’ wide-open lands and pleasant climate make it perfect for riding, but if someone’s negligence has resulted in your injury, you deserve to seek compensation. Trust The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. to help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit today.
For over a decade, our attorneys have aggressively fought to defend the rights of those in Texas injured through the negligence of others. Their clients have received millions of dollars in compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Their dogged determination to represent Texans with excellence has won them awards from the Texas State Bar Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
Causes of ATV Accidents
While ATVs are fun to ride and useful for many chores around farms and ranches, they can be sources of serious injuries or deaths when not operated or maintained properly.
Common causes of ATV accidents include:
- Operating the ATV at an unsafe speed for the conditions
- Riding with more passengers than the ATV manufacturer designed it to carry
- Improper or no training for the ATV operator
- Dangerous riding trail conditions
- Operating an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
The driver can prevent each of these accidents by taking reasonable precautions to ensure rider safety. Injuries resulting from the operator’s negligence entitle accident victims to seek reasonable compensation.
Types of Injuries Resulting From ATV Accidents
Many types of injuries can result from an ATV accident, ranging from relatively minor scrapes and bruising to severe injury or even death.
Head injuries are unfortunately very common after an ATV accident. Passengers often do not wear a helmet while riding, as it is not required under Texas law.
However, traumatic brain injuries can result if a driver or passenger sustains a head injury that causes trauma to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to difficulties with motor control, speech problems, memory, severe headaches, and an inability to perform basic tasks like personal hygiene.
Neck injuries often result when an ATV throws a person off and the person lands in a way to damage or even break the neck. This can lead to paralysis or death for the victim, as can injuries to the spinal cord.
Crushing injuries often result when an ATV rolls over a person. This can result in broken ribs, damage to vital organs, or internal bleeding. These injuries can be fatal if a medical professional doesn’t treat them quickly.
Broken bones can result from ATV rollovers or from being thrown from the vehicle. Fractures in the legs, arms, feet, and hands are common in ATV accidents.
Compensation for ATV Accident Injuries
ATV accidents resulting in injuries are often very costly for the victims. Recovery often requires expensive medical treatment and a great deal of time.
If you have injuries from an ATV accident, you may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
In cases of willful or gross negligence, you may even be able to seek exemplary compensation designed to punish the person who caused your injury.
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The Law Offices of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. have a track record of excellence you can trust to handle your personal injury claim. Call today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. Your attorney will take the time to listen to you and understand your situation. He or she will give you an honest assessment of the merits of your case and advise you of the compensation you may deserve. Should you put their lawyers to work for you, you owe no fees up front and will not pay a dime unless your attorney wins you a fair settlement or a verdict.