St. Louis Missouri ATV Accident Attorney Lawyer
ATV Accident | All Terrain Vehicle Injury | Three Wheeler Accident
ATV Accident Lawyer and Information
All Terrain Vehicles (commonly referred to as ATVs) are used throughout the county by children and adults for recreational and work related purposes. The vehicles have gas powered engines and come in 2, 3 and 4 wheeled models. The first all terrain vehicle was introduced in the early 1970’s by Honda. Each year in the United States many adults and children are injured in all terrain vehicle accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident and it was somebody’s else’s fault, you may be able to receive valuable compensation for your loss. Some things can never be replaced, but through the legal process you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, loss of earning, and future loss of earnings. In the extremely unfortunate event that a death has occurred as a result of the accident, you can file a wrongful death suit.
Here are some statistics regarding All Terrain Vehicles:
- In the United States in the past 5 years it has been estimated that ATV-related injuries have doubled
- ATV-related injuries requiring emergency room assistance have increased over 100 percent in a recent 5 year period
- Many ATVs weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds
- Many ATVs can travel up to 75 miles per hour
ATV Crashes Involving Three-Wheelers
These tragedies are perpetuated by a system that is still playing catch-up. The first ATVs that went on the US market in 1971 were three-wheelers. These vehicles were involved in so many rollovers and injuries, the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging that ATVs and their manufacturers violated the Consumer Product Safety Act. In 1987, the ATV manufacturers agreed to stop producing three-wheeled ATVs. They started making four-wheelers to provide greater stability, but they did not recall the 2.4 million defective three-wheelers that had been already sold. Many of these extremely dangerous ATVs remain in use today.
Things You Need to Do after an ATV Accident
Here are some things you need to do if you have been in an ATV accident:
Do Not Delay – Contact Us Today
In order to protect evidence, and preserve your personal injury lawsuit, it is critical to begin investigating your case immediately. Evidence and witnesses can disappear. It is important to document the important information in your ATV Accident case soon after the incident. You should not delay in contacting one of our attorneys at 314.729.0803. We will begin investigating your case immediately.
For information about your personal injury case, and getting money you deserve, Contact Us at The Law Offices of Stephen J. Hoffmann.