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.

ATV Rollover Accidents Result in Severe Injuries

While safer than motorcycles because of the four wheels, when ATV accidents occur there is a higher possibility of rolling over, 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 severe injuries.

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

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ATV-Related Injuries and Death

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries every year involving ATVs.

This infographic shows the reported number of ATV-related deaths by year, the top 10 states where people die on ATVs and other death and injury statistics. It also gives tips for safe riding.

Additional information can be found at the ATV Safety Information Center.

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 auto 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 auto accident attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact us for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Our experienced car accident attorneys offer:

  • Over 80 years of combined experience
  • Trusted legal advisor committed to your needs
  • Super Lawyers for over 10 years
  • The AV Preeminence Rating for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
  • Compassionate advocacy for you and your family

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Editor’s Note: Content on this webpage was reviewed and updated for accuracy on August 15, 2022.


Can someone under the age of 16 legally drive an ATV in Missouri?

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:

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