ATV Accidents Can Happen When You Least Expect Them

Unfortunately, many times an accident with an ATV causes the vehicle to overturn, flipping passengers onto the ground. Because these vehicles are used in remote locations, getting help to the scene of an accident is sometimes a difficult process. Falling from an ATV while it is moving may result in back, neck, and head injuries, along with broken bones and bruises. Here are some other items to consider regarding ATV accidents.

Serious Injuries

Some of the injuries that occur while riding on an ATV are serious. The most serious injuries are those that cause permanent injuries such as injuries to the spine or neck. Traumatic head injuries may result in a disability.  Those who are seriously hurt because of an ATV accident may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver, depending on the circumstances.

ATV Laws

ATVs are not drivable on roads and are not covered under federal highway safety laws. In Arizona, riders under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets or eye protection while on an ATV on public property.  Driving an ATV does not require a driver’s license. Most ATVs are driven in large open areas or in areas designated for ATV use. Drivers must use caution, especially where there are a number of other ATVs driving nearby.

Preventing ATV Accidents

Many ATV accidents are preventable. Most accidents occur because of mistakes made by the driver. To prevent accidents, drivers should be properly trained on driving an ATV. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times. ATVs that are built for only one rider should not carry passengers. People should wear a helmet and eye protection at all times while on an ATV. Drivers should not drive an ATV if they are impaired or in areas where it is too dark to see. You should never operate an ATV alone and always carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency.

Insurance Coverage

When an individual is injured as a result of an ATV accident, it can often be difficult to find insurance coverage for the injury.  For this reason, it is important to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the unique legal and insurance issues involved in ATV accidents.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding ATV Accidents, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at  480.461.5335,  log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.