Our Michigan ATV accident lawyers represent victims of off road vehicles (ORV). These vehicles are mostly driven for for fun but they also carry significant risks of injury to both drivers and passengers.
The State Michigan defines an ATV as “a 3- or 4-wheeled vehicle designed for off-road use that has low pressure tires, has a seat designed to be straddled by the rider, and is powered by a 50cc to 500cc gasoline engine or an engine of comparable size using other fuels.”
An ORV is defined as a “motor driven off-road recreation vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road or trail, on or immediately over land, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain.”
State law requires that the vehicles be registered with the Secretary of State. It also requires that all riders under 16 years of age complete an approved ORV Safety Course and carry the Michigan ORV Safety Certificate with them at all times while riding on public lands.
A helmet is required in most situations for drivers and passengers of off road vehicles.
Common Causes of ATV Accidents
Michigan is ranked as the fourth highest, in the nation, for ATV crashes and deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that from 1982 to 2017 there were 470 off road vehicle accident deaths in Michigan. Children under the age of 16 are most likely be injured or die in an ATV accident.
A typical adult-size ATV can weigh in excess of 750 pounds and can travel as fast as 75 miles per hour. Occupants do not have the same protections as in regular vehicles and lack many of the safety devices used to prevent injuries in cars and trucks. Serious injuries in these accidents often result from:
- Permitting an unqualified child to drive the vehicle
- Reckless and negligent driving
- Driving while intoxicated by alcohol
- Operating under the influence of drugs
- Improper training
- Lack of proper safety precautions
- Mechanical defects
Pursuing Compensation for Off Road Vehicle Accidents
Serious and catastrophic injuries often result from off road vehicle crashes. These include traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, and even death. Victims of these accidents can pursue claims for compensation against a negligent driver or owner of the vehicle. Settlements include payment for pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish, medical bills and lost wages.
In cases involving a fatal ATV accident, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek damages for the pain and suffering from the time of accident until death and compensation for the loss of companionship of the decedent. Claims for medical bills, lost income, and funeral expenses can also be claimed in the lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan ATV Accident Lawyer
To find out if you have a case, call our experienced law firm today to tell us what happened to you or our loved one. We will let you know if you are entitled to a settlement and if so, we will start working on your case immediately.
We do not charge any legal fees unless there is a settlement for your case. We also pay all of the costs and expenses of the case.
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