ATV Accidents 101

There has been a lot of attention, rightfully so, on car accident prevention and other motor vehicle safety measures taken by private organizations and private citizens. Governments have certainly done their part, too, as seen in advertising campaigns encouraging the use of seat belts or threatening punishment for drunk driving. However, one vehicle that is largely ignored by media campaigns to encourage safety or in-laws and regulations designed to curb dangerous driving is the ATV.

All-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, four-wheelers, and other names, have a history tied to military vehicles and were designed to handle — as evident from their name — multiple terrain types. ATVs can drive on snow, mud, and every type of road. But while they can drive adequately on different types of paths and roads, ATVs are not exactly a safety-oriented person’s idea of a dream car. They come with complex and often unpreventable safety risks.

In this article, I will describe some of those issues as well as discuss what happens when a person gets into an ATV accident:

Risks of ATV Accidents

All-terrain vehicles are primarily dangerous because they offer very few protection mechanisms in the case of an accident or crash. Most ATVs do not have roll cages or any way to cover someone’s head (or, broadly speaking, their body) if an accident were to take place.

All-terrain vehicles are incredibly popular with older children or drivers otherwise not experienced in high-speed and tense driving. Though many states have minimum age requirements, the nature of the all-terrain vehicles make it that they are often driven in places with little police oversight or regulatory interference; nobody is around to make sure reckless children are not cruising around on ATVs.

And all-terrain vehicles can reach intense speeds, so the fact that this vehicle popular with younger kids offers few protections is risky! If these vehicles were slower or safer, then they might be a fun outlet for kids to learn how to drive. But they are instead just incredibly risky.

The final reason ATVs are so dangerous or risky is that they are often ridden on dangerous terrain. Despite adequately handling snowy roads or muddy slopes, it still stands to reason that all-terrain vehicles encourage driving in areas that a person would not normally with a car or a bicycle. This encouragement of risky driving is another reason to proceed with caution around people driving ATVs or to be careful if you are planning to drive on one.

ATV Accidents

Never drive an all-terrain vehicle while under the influence of mind-altering substances. Doing so is illegal but also risky. Doing so will likely end in an accident. But what do you do if you get into an ATV accident? The lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group suggest that if you get into an ATV accident, it is best to talk with legal representation or attorneys before making claims with insurance companies. Essentially, insurance companies are likely to prioritize profits over giving you the benefits that you have paid for.

If you do not have ATV insurance, as it is not common, it is even more crucial you speak with a lawyer.