All Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes Are All the Rage These Days
Let’s face it, all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes look cool and are really fun to ride. And with their affordability and our down economy, quads, dirt bikes, and the like are replacing expensive, gas guzzling cars and trucks, particularly in cities and rural areas. But are they street legal? Are they safe?
In Pennsylvania, every all-terrain vehicle must be titled and registered (and re-registered every two (2) years), and no all-terrain vehicle may operate on any public street except to cross to the other side. Additionally, there are a number of age restrictions and protective gear requirements.
All-Terrain Vehicles Are Inherently Dangerous
All-terrain vehicle accidents happen every day. Be it a collision with another motor vehicle or a tree, be it a rollover or an end-over-end, all-terrain vehicles are inherently unsafe. And when accidents happen, they typically result in a wide array of injuries ranging from mundane road rash to:
- Brain damage and other head injuries
- Paralysis and other spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Crushed or broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Torn ligaments or tendons
- Nerve damage
- Burn injuries
- Severe wounds and lacerations
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of memory
- Loss of taste and smell
- So much more
Those Injured in a All-Terrain Vehicle Accident May Have Multiple Claims
Depending on the specific facts of the accident, those injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident may have claims against multiple defendants, including the driver that caused the accident, the state, city, or township in which the accident happened, the designer, manufacturer, and distributor of the all-terrain vehicle, and many others. Additionally, the injured person may also have claims against his/her own insurance company for medical payments, income loss benefits, uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits, funeral expenses, and much more.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much, much more. Our goal is not just to secure compensation for your immediate needs, but to ensure that your future needs are protected as well.
For examples of our success in all-terrain vehicle accident cases, please visit our Case Results page.
For more information, and a free case evaluation, please contact us at Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers today.