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ATVs are popular in the state of Georgia because of the terrain. Because of this, ATV accidents are quite common. Many ATV drivers can misunderstand the dangers that come along with this type of vehicle. When a child is injured or killed in an ATV accident, it is understandable that, as a parent, you will want answers as to who is responsible for the accident. It helps to look at the dangers posed by operating an ATV, or even riding as a passenger.
ATV Accident Factors
ATVs are considered more dangerous to ride than dirt bikes and equally as dangerous as riding a motorcycle, according to The National Trauma Data Bank. There are various contributing factors that increase the number of ATV accidents in Georgia, the majority of which involve the actions of the owner or riders.
Not all ATVs are suitable for more than a single passenger. If more than one person attempts to ride a single-passenger ATV, it may cause the vehicle to tip. While ATV stands for “All Terrain Vehicle” they are not designed for use on paved roads. As it stands, Georgia laws dictate where ATVs cannot be driven, as opposed to how they are driven and by whom. This means that children may ride as passengers or even operate an ATV in the state of Georgia.
Most ATVs do not have a cab or cage to protect passengers and operators – this can mean that injuries may be more likely in the case of an accident. Children are also more likely to become involved in an ATV accident when riding on a three wheeled vehicle. Although three-wheeled ATVs have been removed from sale, there are still roughly 2.4 million vehicles in existence.
ATV Accident Liability
There are multiple parties who may be held liable in a child’s ATV accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the following parties may hold some, or all, of the responsibility for an ATV accident: the driver, ATV manufacturer, a retailer, an ATV parts supplier, or the owner of the vehicle. This is not an exhaustive list, as every accident is different.
You may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer who understands how liability works in an ATV accident. This is especially true if there is a chance a large company holds liability in your child’s accident. The issues of proving liability can become more complex in these cases, so victims deserve representation from a lawyer who has extensive experience and knowledge in relevant areas of the law.
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The condition of an ATV may be a factor in an accident but a person or entity is still liable for causing the accident. Children being allowed to operate an adult-sized ATV may cause an accident, as these vehicles are not designed with children in mind. Weather and visibility are also major concerns when operating ATVs, and accidents are frequently attributed to an owner or operator not being prepared for foreseeable driving conditions. If you have incurred medical and other expenses as the result of an ATV accident that resulted in injury to your child, call our personal injury lawyers at 912-764-9616 for a free consultation today.