An all terrain vehicle, or ATV, can serve many purposes; it can be used for farming purposes, hunting purposes and, the most popular, recreational purposes. However, this vehicle can become very dangerous very quickly. If you have been injured in an ATV accident in West Virginia you may be able to receive compensation through a West Virginia personal injury claim.
Types of ATV Accidents in West Virginia
There are many types of ATV accidents, 3 of which occur frequently enough to be considered common. These 3 common types of ATV accidents include:
- Roll-over crashes;
- Crashes in which the ATV hits another object; and
- Crashes in which the driver is thrown from the ATV.
When your ATV crashes, you crash. The open-air nature of the ATV's design creates a huge risk for injury. This is true whether you are thrown from your ATV, pinned beneath it, or even still in the driver's seat after an accident.
Common Injuries Caused by ATV Accidents in West Virginia
An ATV accident in West Virginia usually results in blunt force trauma injuries or head injuries. Though safety laws and regulations regarding ATVs have recently been implemented and improved upon, fatal and serious non-fatal ATV accidents remain a far too common occurrence.
The most widespread injuries caused by an ATV accident in West Virginia include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
- Loss of limb;
- Skull fractures;
- Broken ribs;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Broken arms;
- Crushed wrists;
- Injuries to internal organs; and
- Cerebral contusion.
An ATV crash and the resulting injuries could be caused by any number of factors, including a mechanical defect in the ATV itself. If you have suffered one of the above listed injuries or a similar injury in an ATV accident in West Virginia, you may have the right to compensation through a West Virginia personal injury claim.
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