Off-Road Risks: Ride Safe with ATVs & UTVs

Summer brings about many fun activities: going to the beach, boating on a lake, and many off-road activities. Two vehicles commonly used in off-road activities are the ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) and the UTV (Utility Task Vehicle). While these vehicles can be fun and useful, they can also be two of the most dangerous vehicles to operate.

In 2023 alone, there were over 300 deaths and around 100,000 injuries involving ATVs and UTVs, with the summer months being the most dangerous. In 2023, June and July alone accounted for 25% of the fatalities for the entire year involving ATVs and UTVs. Moreover, out of the 50 states, Texas finds itself in the top 5 for both ATV and UTV deaths and accidents. It is important to take care when operating these vehicles as neither are toys.

DOs:

  • Wear a helmet and gloves
  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Drive in designated areas for ATV and UTV usage
  • Read the manual and warning labels

DONTs:

  • Operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Allow minors to operate unsupervised
  • Carry more passengers than the vehicle is designed for

Liability for these accidents can come in many different forms, but the most common are:

  • Operator Negligence
  • Manufacturer Defects
  • Property Owner Liability
  • Third Party Negligence

At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, we understand the devasting impact these ATV and UTV accidents can have on individuals and their families. When a severe or fatal ATV accident occurs, it is imperative that you seek legal representation. At Abraham Watkins, we make sure that we hold those responsible accountable and fight for each of our clients to get what they deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of the negligence of others, it is important to find a skilled law firm to handle your claim. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys can assist you with your claim. Call us today at 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1-800-870-9584.