In West Virginia, many people ride ATVs for recreational purposes due to the rural landscape. As a result of this popularity, many cases of ATV accidents have occurred in the state, particularly in Cabell, West Virginia. Some accidents are caused by another ATV rider or due to faulty parts installed in the ATVs which may increase the likelihood of the vehicle rolling over or resulting in difficulty for the rider to operate the vehicle with defective parts. When someone is injured in an ATV accident, such as a rollover, that person may be entitled to damages.
ATV accidents can be life-altering and injuries may be extensive which is why various resources exist to help families and victims of ATV accidents. Only about an hour east of the Cabell area, a man was recently flown to the hospital following an ATV accident. The rollover accident resulted in the man suffering a broken leg injury. He was flown by HealthNet to a hospital for treatment following the rollover ATV accident. Recreational vehicle accidents can commonly result in broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and back injuries.
In West Virginia, there is one outdoor pastime that many people enjoy: riding All-Terrain Vehicles. ATVs are quite popular within the state, not only for West Virginia residents who enjoy riding, but the state actually draws in riders from all over the country.
ATV accidents can result in the loss of life, as well as in extensive injuries to surviving victims, for which legal recourse may be available.
While a nearby state led the nation in ATV-accident related fatalities from 2007 to 2011 with a total of 122, West Virginia was not far behind that number with 96 fatalities. This number places West Virginia third in the nation for ATV-related fatalities during that time period. The numbers were recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In the event an ATV rider suffers injury as a result of another's negligence, legal options may be available to offer help.
Riders should follow safety recommendations to prevent ATV accidents and be aware that legal help is available if an accident occurs.