Summertime presents dozens of opportunities to explore the natural world behind the handlebars of an all-terrain vehicle. Unfortunately, though, according to reporting from Today, ATV accidents are becoming increasingly common in the U.S.
Even if you ride with high-quality protective gear, a rollover ATV accident may put your life in danger. After all, ATVs routinely weigh well over 1,000 pounds, putting you at risk of suffering catastrophic crush injuries. Who can you hold responsible for an ATV rollover, though?
If you are a passenger on an ATV, your first thought may be to hold the driver legally responsible for your injuries. This makes sense, as ATV drivers may drive recklessly or negligently. Put simply, if the driver does not act reasonably, he or she may share some of the blame for the accident and your injuries.
ATV owners should keep their machines in tip-top shape, especially if they allow others to ride. If the ATV’s owner foregoes maintenance or repairs, he or she may be legally liable for your injuries. The same may be true if the owner does not teach you how to ride the ATV safely.
Even though many ATVs have a natural propensity to roll, manufacturers must take steps to protect riders. If the machine has a poor design or some mechanical defect, the manufacturer may have to pay for any injuries and other damages you sustain.
While the driver, owner and manufacturer each may share some of the blame for your rollover-related injuries, others also may be legally liable. Ultimately, by going after as many parties as possible, you may receive the financial compensation you need to manage your post-accident existence.