In the tropical climates of Aventura, just about any day of the year is a great time to enjoy the outdoors on your ATV of choice. All terrain vehicles (ATV’s) are 3 or 4-wheel vehicles are that have become a part of the lifestyle of many Floridians. Whether used as recreational vehicles, a way of getting around neighborhoods, or for practical transportation on farms and citrus groves, ATV’s are great for taking people across uneven surfaces to places most vehicles cannot travel.
However, many consider ATV’s to be a hazard due to the instability in many of their designs – causing them to have the proclivity to tip or roll over on users. Since most of these ATVs can top out at speeds of 55mph and because they can weigh as much as 600 pounds, these design instabilities can cause devastating injuries or even death.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, over 130,000 ATV related injuries and some 700 deaths occur every year. What’s worse, about 33% of these tragic accidents and fatalities happen to teenagers and kids under the age of 16. Some of these injuries include:
- Severely Broken Arms (sometimes require amputation)
- Severely Burned or Broken Legs
- Serious Head Trauma
- Neck and Spinal Injuries
- Nerve damage
There are many factors to consider when looking into the causes of ATV accidents. One of two vital safety rules are often ignored in such accidents. Adults allowing kids (under 16) to drive adult ATV’s is one of the ignored rules. The other is multiple riders on an ATV designed for a single driver. In addition, inattention, carelessness, and the influence of alcohol can cause drivers to miss dangerous obstacles such as tree stumps, throwing drivers and extra riders off at high speeds.
All things considered, if you or someone you know has been injured in an ATV accident here in Aventura, there are several other factors that could have played a part in the accident. Manufacturing or design defects (such as the ATV’s tendency to tip or roll) may be among the causes of the accident in question.
ATV riding should be a fun activity among friends and family in the beauty of Florida’s great outdoors. No one expects it to end in the physical harm and the emotional heartache of a traumatic or fatal injury. If it does you need an advocate – a team of professionals on your side to ensure that no stone is left unturned to get the to bottom of what happened and how you and your family can be compensated for the damages.
Neufeld, Kleinburg & Pinkiert can be such an advocate for you and your family. Our team of attorneys have a the right kind of experience and a storied history of results. Put our Aventura ATV accidents to work on your case right away. We can help you navigate the complexities involved in your ATV accident case.
You may have questions about the relevancy of your case. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices today to set up your first consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available for the convenience of our clients. Services offered in English, Spanish and Creole.