In the winter, snowmobiles and ATVs are versatile vehicles that can transport people and supplies through difficult terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible to larger vehicles. Additionally, these vehicles are used by hunters in hunting season and by individuals and families as a winter pastime.
Unfortunately, the powerful engines and icy winter conditions that make off-road vehicles so much fun can also cause devastating accidents and injuries. Although state laws exist that enforce snowmobile and ATV safety, their use remains a potentially dangerous activity.
Our personal injury attorneys at Morefield Speicher Bachman can help you obtain compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, and lost wages if you have been seriously injured in a snowmobile or ATV accident.
Injuries Resulting from Snowmobile and ATV Accidents
An accident on an ATV or snowmobile can result in the following injuries even if the driver is wearing a helmet:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Causes of Snowmobile and ATV Accidents
Hunters often use off-road vehicles to reach remote wooded areas or haul back kills. Driving through dense forested areas can increase the likelihood of collision with trees or rocks. When a winter recreation vehicle collides with mounds of ice, rocks, trees, or another snowmobile, it may suddenly turn or jolt, sending passengers into the air.
Inexperienced and untrained drivers may also cause accidents. Prior to operating an ATV or snowmobile, it is recommended that all new drivers take a state-approved safety course.
Drugs or alcohol can affect both decision-making and reaction time. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs put themselves and others at risk.
Defects in snowmobiles and ATVs can render them unsafe to drive. Manufacturers are responsible for making sure their vehicles operate properly and safely.
Our Kansas and Missouri Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help with your Snowmobile or ATV Accident
Snowmobiles and ATVs are popular vehicles for both leisure and hunting purposes. Unfortunately, accidents are common and can result from negligence or machine safety hazards. If you have been injured in an ATV or snowmobile accident, our Kansas and Missouri attorneys at Morefield Speicher Bachman will guide you through the legal process of recovering compensation for injuries, pain, suffering, and lost wages. Please call (913) 839 2808 or Contact Us to arrange a FREE introductory call with one of our attorneys today.