It can be fun to ride an all-terrain vehicle, also known as an ATV, with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors. If you are in an ATV accident, however, you could suffer long lasting injuries. This is true even if you are wearing gear like a helmet, gloves and protective clothing.
ATV accidents can happen in a variety of ways. These include being hit by a driver who is operating an ATV too fast and loses control, having an accident with a driver who lacks experience or training in driving an ATV, or encountering weather conditions that make it difficult to stop the ATV.
Even though ATVs are designed to be driven off-road, you can also be hurt if you hit rough or uneven surfaces because these can cause the ATV to rollover. Mechanical failures can also cause an injury, specifically problems with the brakes or tires.
Finally, if an ATV driver is acting recklessly or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it can affect their coordination and reaction time, causing a serious accident.
Injuries can range from minor to severe, but there are some injuries that can affect you for life. These include a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury. These can occur if you hit the ground or another hard surface.
You can also have internal injuries that cause bleeding and damage to your organs. These may not be immediately noticeable but can be very serious. You may be able to recover compensation from the driver who caused the accident.