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ATV Accidents & Injuries

Popular among teens and adults alike, a typical adult-size ATV can weigh in excess of 750 pounds and can travel as fast as 75 miles per hour. Even when operated properly, when accidents occur they often result in extremely serious injuries, sometimes fatalities.

In 2013, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 426 ATV-related fatalities and an estimated 99,600 ATV-related injuries requiring emergency treatment.

ATV Rollover Accidents Result in Severe Injuries

While safer than motorcycles because of the four wheels, ATVs have a higher possibility of rolling over when accidents occur, throwing a driver off the ATV and even pinning him or her underneath it.  Without the protection of a roof, ATV rollover accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries.

Head injuries are the number one cause of death in ATV accidents. In addition to head injuries, other serious, life-threatening injuries include:


Injured in an ATV Accident?

Determining responsibility in an ATV accident can be confusing and complicated. Driver negligence can be a factor; however, the landowner where the accident occurred may have some responsibility or it could be caused by the vehicle itself.  Our accident attorneys look at all the details of your accident, such as:

  • Applicable local, state and federal laws
  • Potential for premises liability such as whether the landowner was aware of any unsafe conditions that they failed to address or provide fair warning about
  • Defective or malfunctioning parts or failed safety equipment
  • Operating the ATV at an unsafe speed or under the influence of drugs or alcohol

The attorneys at Nash & Franciskato Law Firm understand the physical, emotional, and financial consequences that can occur as a result of your accident, which is why we focus the energies and skills of our entire legal team on helping you make sound, informed decisions.

Our knowledgeable staff is available at (877) 284-6600.


Free Evaluation from Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an ATV accident, you need a Kansas City personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact us for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

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FAQ

Can someone under the age of 16 legally drive an ATV in Missouri?
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Missouri laws are clear on this matter and state:

No person under the age of sixteen shall operate an all-terrain vehicle in this state unless such person is accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian or is accompanied by and under the direct supervision of an adult who is authorized by the operator’s parent or guardian to supervise the operator. This subsection shall not apply on private property owned by the parent or guardian of such person operating the all-terrain vehicle.

You can find other elements of Missouri’s ATV law at: