All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular with outdoor enthusiasts who love the adventure and thrill rush these vehicles provide. Unfortunately, these vehicles can lead to serious injuries and even death, especially when proper safety procedures are not followed. Such was the case in a recent ATV tragedy that took the life of a young Alabama teenager.
Mars Hill Bible Student Killed in ATV Crash
16-year-old student John Samuel Terry fell off the back of an ATV and lost his life in a tragic ATV accident. As his community mourns the loss of a life lost too soon, remembering Mr. Terry as a “special young man” with a vibrant personality.
Reports indicated that Terry was not wearing a helmet and was a passenger at the time of the accident. This offers a reminder of the importance of wearing a safety helmet at all times, even when you are a passenger on a motorcycle or ATV.
Since authorities are still investigating the case, it is unclear whether anyone is at fault in this instance, but the takeaway is clear. Alabamans must consider the safety risks of operating an ATV and follow them in order to prevent future tragedies of this magnitude.
ATV Accident Causes of Action and Accident Statistics
It is important to note that ATV accidents are far from infrequent, even if you seldom hear about ATV accidents in the news. In 2014, 385 ATV fatalities occurred as well as 93,700 ATV-related injuries requiring emergency room visits nationwide. 26 percent of those emergency room injuries treated children 16 years of age and younger.
With data like this, it is clear that riding an ATV is not a harmless outdoor activity. It is an activity that requires safety preparations and proper planning.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. There are a number of ways in which an ATV accident victim can receive compensation for their injuries.
If, like Mr. Terry, you are an ATV passenger and the driver behaves negligently, the ATV driver may be at fault. Alternatively, if a trail is dangerous and defective in some way, the people or organization who owns and operates the trail may be held liable for their negligence. Finally, if the ATV itself is a defective or unsafe product, you may have a cause of action against the ATV manufacturer.
If you or a love one has been killed or injured in an ATV crash in Mobile, Baldwin or Escambia Counties or the city of Foley, talk to an experienced ATV accident attorney to find out whether you can receive compensation for your injuries.
Contact Foley accident attorney Noel B. Leonard or call 251-732-2701 for a legal consultation to receive the legal counsel and representation of an Alabama attorney who fights for your right to receive deserved accident compensation.