Litigating ATV Accidents in Tennessee
ATV use is on the rise in the U.S. leading to an increasing trend of accidents involving catastrophic injuries and deaths.¬† ATVs are widely used for farm work and recreational activities.¬† Laborers on farms often use ATVs to feed and keep track of livestock and haul supplies.¬† Many teenagers use ATVs for recreational activities in off-road and recreational areas including rural terrain.¬† However, certain characteristics of ATVs greatly increase the risk of catastrophic injury or death with ATVs.¬† More than 150,000 individuals saw their ATV use land them in emergencies rooms during 2007 alone according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
ATV cases are generally litigated under theories of negligence of the driver of the ATV or the person supervising the operation of the ATV.¬† An experienced Tennessee ATV accident lawyer will also pursue a claim against the manufacturer, designers, developers and/or engineers of the ATV based on its unreasonably dangerous design or construction.¬† The Tennessee ATV accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, PLC (NST Law) may pursue both negligence and product liability theories in pursuing a case for catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.¬† A person who negligently entrusts an ATV to someone who is too young or inexperienced to safely operate the vehicle may be responsible for a resulting accident that causes serious injuries.¬† The Tennessee ATV accident lawyers at NST Law will also investigate the design and manufacturer of the ATV in order to pursue a claim against the manufacturer, designers, developers and engineers of the ATV because of its inherent instability.
The most typical accident resulting from ATV use involves flipping or rolling the ATV.¬† When the ATV flips or rolls, the driver and/or passenger can be thrown or pinned underneath the ATV.¬† Another common factor in ATV accidents is the practice of carrying a passenger on the rear of the vehicle.¬† ATVs are not designed to have a passenger on the rear of the vehicle and carrying a passenger this way can increase the risk of injury to both the passenger and driver.¬† ATVs lack of stability compared to other vehicles creates a greater risk of flipping or rolling.
The ATV accident lawyers at NST Law are committed to thorough and detailed preparation.¬† At NST Law, we use a broad range or experts and the latest techniques in preparing courtroom models, computer simulations and other cutting edge technology to make a persuasive and vivid impression on the judge and jury regarding the reasons for an ATV accident.
ATV accidents may result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, neurologic injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, severed limbs, amputations, fractures and dislocations.¬† Many injuries that result from non-fatale ATV accidents involve catastrophic life changing medical problems including head and spinal injuries, which often require ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation.¬† A recent study analyzed the cost of long-term skilled care for six individuals injured in ATV accidents.¬† The study concluded the cost of providing such care until the six individuals reached 65 amounted to $11.5 million.
The cost of treatment and rehabilitation from injuries suffered in an ATV accident can be devastating.¬† The ATV accident lawyers at NST Law will seek compensation for current and future medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses. NST Law attorneys who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, which rates the top 5% of lawyers in the country will also seek lost wages, compensation for lost future earnings and other out of pocket expenses.¬† NST Law will also seek damages for your pain and suffering as well as other compensation authorized under Tennessee ATV accident law.