A spring break trip turned into a nightmare for a Plano family. A father was riding an ATV with his four year old daughter, Riley, while the family was vacationing in Lampassas. They both were thrown from the ATV at a high speed and Riley landed so hard that she sustained bad internal injuries. Riley was airlifted to a Temple intensive care unit and was hospitalized for 14 days. Fortunately, she is expected to make a full recovery.
Although ATVs can be a great source of recreation, they are extremely dangerous, especially for children. Even children such as Riley who are being supervised can sustain serious injuries or even death. Over the past decade, on average 100 children a year have died in ATV accidents. Almost 40,000 children a year are severely injured enough to require treatment in the emergency room due to ATV rollovers and crashes.
Many ATV accidents involving children are due to adults’ failure to implement safety precautions. Adults must provide a safe area for children to ride, give proper safety equipment and instructions, maintain the equipment, and use the appropriate machines for the child’s age and size.
In some cases, ATV accidents occur because of poorly designed ATVs or manufacturing defects. In that situation, the injured party may be able to pursue a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the vehicle for the resulting injuries or death. The accident victim may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.
If you have been injured in an ATV accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Plano personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and if we choose to accept your case, you pay us nothing in legal fees until we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today to learn more.
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