ATV & Four-Wheeler Quad Accidents in PA
Four-Wheeler, ATV & Quad Accident Attorneys in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ATVs–also known as "quads"–are popular among teens and adults, both for recreational and utility purposes. Even when operated properly, ATVs can lead to accidents and serious injuries. In 2014 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that there were over 93,000 ATV-related injuries that required an emergency room visit–a quarter were for kids under the age of 16. That's why it's so important to know Pennsylvania's ATV laws, ATV laws around the country, and these ATV safety tips. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that ATV accidents can have on victims and their families. Fill out a form, chat with us, or call us for a free legal consultation today.
How Dangerous are ATVs?
ATVs are heavy machines that can move at top speeds of 65 mph with minimal safety features. They can easily tip or roll and can be difficult to control at top speeds, resulting in serious injuries for riders. Injuries from riding ATVs commonly land people in the emergency room or can be fatal.
Most Common ATV and Four-Wheeling Injuries That Lead to Lawsuits
Victims of ATV accidents who fall or are thrown from an ATV can suffer serious injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other injuries
2016 U.S. Four-Wheeler ATV Accident Stats
- There were 531 ATV-related deaths in 2016.
- This number has been decreasing since 2007 and is down from 585 in 2015.
- There were over 100,000 reported injuries due to ATV-related crashes.
- 26,800 of those injuries happened to children under 16 years of age.
Quick U.S. Four-Wheeler ATV Accident Stats
- In 2014, 385 ATV accident deaths occurred.
- This number has been dropping since 2007, but it is expected to pick back up as ATVs grow in popularity with younger children.
- 93,700 ATV accident injuries landed riders in the emergency room in 2014.
- Injuries most often occur to the arms, head, and neck.
Is a Quad ATV Accident Considered a Motor Vehicle Accident?
While ATV and motor vehicle accidents are similar in most cases, there is one main distinction. ATV insurance claims have a wider variety of policies and coverages, so it is easier for ATV claims to be denied. Claims can also be denied if your ATV is not insured separately from your auto policy. Before going for a ride, ensure that your ATV has full insurance coverage.
Does Insurance Cover ATV Accidents?
While ATVs must be insured separately from your auto policy, there are some exceptions. In some cases, ATV accidents can be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Covering ATV accidents with homeowner’s insurance can vary depending on location, how the accident happened, and whether it happened on your land. For example, your insurance may cover an accident that occurred on your property but will not cover an accident that occurs on your neighbor’s property. Review your homeowner’s policy to check where your property lines are located. When riding on public or government land like state parks, the state of Pennsylvania requires you to always keep your ATV’s registration and proof of insurance with you. Laws can change from state to state, so checking laws before riding in a new area is always the best option.
Why You Need Help from an ATV Injury Lawyer in Pittsburgh
ATV accidents can be very complicated, especially when figuring out who is responsible. The owner of the ATV may be responsible, and you may need to file a claim against that person. If you were riding on a trail that was damaged in some way (if it had dangerous holes, slants, or other defects), the person or organization that owns the trail may be responsible. In those cases, you may need to file a claim with the insurance company that provides homeowners insurance for the property owner, or against the owner personally. Finally, you may have a product liability case if the ATV itself was defective or unsafe. Because there are many options, it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates we have over 35 years of experience representing people injured in accidents–including those hurt in ATV accidents. We've seen how much families struggle when their loved one is seriously injured. Our lawyers and staff are prepared to handle every question and concern involving your ATV injury case, so you can focus on getting better.
Rely on Edgar Snyder & Associates for the experience and resources to get the compensation you deserve. Trust our experienced attorneys and legal staff to treat you with high standards of client care. Know that we will answer your questions quickly, and without legal jargon. Take back your life with help from our Pennsylvania law firm.
Finally, have peace of mind knowing that there's never a fee unless we get money for you.
ATV Accident Injuries? Get a Free Case Review for Your Four-Wheeler Accident Lawsuit Today
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"2017 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries." Consumer Product Safety Commission. November 2017.
"2014 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries." Consumer Product Safety Commission. November 2014.