ATV & UTV Accident Injury Lawyers
Cranston & Edwards PLLC – Morgantown, WV Trial Attorneys
Have you suffered serious injuries, or has a loved one died, while operating or riding as a passenger on an ATV or UTV? If so, you may be entitled to receive significant financial compensation. Nearly all recreational vehicle accidents are caused by either operator negligence or a mechanical defect. Unlike cars, ATVs offer virtually no protection from bodily harm in a collision or rollover accident – and this tends to lead to significant injuries and even death. At Cranston & Edwards PLLC, we handle all types of cases involving serious personal injuries throughout north central West Virginia. If you are suffering, do not wait. Call us today for a free case evaluation: 304-296-3500.
ATV, UTV & Recreational Vehicle Injuries
With no seatbelts, airbags, or even doors, recreational vehicles pose a serious risk of injuries in the event of an accident. Operators and riders tend to be either violently thrown from the vehicle, or face the terrible prospect of having the ATV or UTV roll over on top of their body. If you were involved in this type of accident and incurred serious injuries, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Fractures & Broken Bones – No matter where they occur, broken bones are extremely painful and debilitating. If the accident was severe enough to fracture your bones, you may also have other hidden internal damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and organs that may require surgery, extended therapy, and medical treatment for years.
Internal Injuries – Although we generally do not think about them often, the organs inside the body perform all of the essential functions that keep us alive. When involved in an ATV accident, one or more organs are likely to be crushed, bruised, and/or punctured, resulting in internal bleeding, organ failure, significant medical complications, and/or death.
Amputation – Since there is little protection provided for the human body in the design of an ATV, instantaneous amputations of limbs are one of the most common injuries encountered in these types of accidents. In many cases, the limbs may be crushed or torn so severely that repair is not possible and the injured limb must be surgically amputated. Although not necessarily life threatening, continuing on with life without one or more limbs can be extremely difficult and is likely to require specialized and costly medical treatment, equipment, and in-home care for the remainder of your life.
Head and Traumatic Brain Injury – Even if you were wearing a helmet at the time of impact, the chances are high that you suffered some type of laceration to the head, face, or neck, or invisible internal damage to your brain. Traumatic brain injury can take time to become apparent, and diagnosed by a medical professional, and is very likely to impact your life or even result in death – even if you feel “fine” right now.
Back & Spinal Cord Injury – The sensitive spinal cord housed within the vertebrae of your spine can suffer damage that may or may not be readily apparent. Irreversible partial or full paralysis requires a lifetime of intensive medical treatment and round-the-clock personal assistance that can easily cost millions of dollars. Fractures, crushing injuries, and other types of damage to the vertebrae of the back can be severely painful and may result in total disability.
Someone Is Almost Always At Fault: Manufacturer Defects & Operator Error
Whether you were operating the ATV/UTV or were a passenger, it is important to find out if someone is at-fault for your injuries. Some of the safest and most careful ATV drivers have suffered horribly painful and disfiguring injuries as a result of mechanical defects that the ATV manufacturer was found liable for. These may include brake failure, engine malfunction, steering defects, and other conditions that directly affect the ability to safely operate and control the equipment. In addition, many ATV accidents can be directly attributable to various types of negligence.
- Operation by Children Without Direct Adult Supervision
- Riding on Improper or Unfamiliar Terrain
- Operating With Too Many Passengers Aboard Failure to Follow WV State Laws
- Operating ATV on Unapproved Surfaces (Concrete, Asphalt, etc.)
- Inexperienced Operator
- Sick, Ill, Impaired, Fatigued, or Incapacitated Operator
- Driving ATV at Unsafe Speed
- Operator Intoxication
- Operating ATV In Dangerous or Prohibited Areas
Individuals who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own, as well as families who have lost a loved one, in ATV and UTV accidents throughout north central West Virginia know they can depend on Cranston & Edwards PLLC. Our skilled legal team has secured many million-dollar settlements and judgements and we will fight hard to get full compensation for your injuries, as well. Call us at: 304-296-3500.