Our Houston ATV accident lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can help if you or a loved one has recently been injured in an ATV crash.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be prone to accidents due to their tendency to roll or flip over. These accidents can happen suddenly, leaving passengers vulnerable to the lack of warning. Sometimes these accidents are caused by the negligent mishandling of the vehicle. However, at other times, another party may be at fault.
Often, these ATV accidents are less attributable to operator fault and more due to manufacturer negligence. You cannot ignore the staggering number of annual ATV injuries associated with manufacturer liability. It is no surprise that ATV manufacturers regularly institute recalls because they become the targets of repeated litigation.
Contact our Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule your free case review today. Call toll-free 1-800-444-5000 or 713-973-8888.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Result From an ATV Rollover?
When an all-terrain vehicle flips, the driver can be flung from it or pinned beneath it. In either case, the injuries from an accident can be severe. Drivers may be thrown at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour. The resulting collision with the ground, a tree, or another fixed object can cause lacerations, broken bones, and permanent spine or brain injuries.
If the vehicle pins the driver, the situation can quickly worsen. Pinned drivers often suffer extensive fractures. And if no one quickly responds to help the driver, they may asphyxiate under the vehicle’s weight or suffer nerve damage from being crushed. Some accidents are caused by parts of the vehicle overheating. Contact with these dangerously hot parts – especially after being pinned – can produce severe burns (third or fourth degree), which disfigure and bring a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is among the worst harm an ATV driver can suffer, as the lingering effects can haunt victims for the remainder of their lives. TBIs occur when the brain experiences direct physical trauma, such as a massive head wound, or when it slams against the inside wall of the skull with concussive force. In either case, the force of impact creates lesions and micro-tears in brain tissue and, often, bleeding in the brain, which can kill if not immediately surgically corrected.
It’s almost impossible to predict how TBI injuries will heal. It’s also difficult to anticipate how well, or whether, a victim will recover. Even a minor TBI, like a concussion, can take a long time for the victim to recover fully, and more severe TBIs are typically permanent. Complications associated with moderate or severe TBIs include speech or movement disorders, difficulty learning or focusing, memory loss, pain, nausea, loss of sensation and balance, and changes in behavior or mood.
If you or someone you love was injured by an ATV, don’t hesitate to call our team at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. You can reach our experienced Houston ATV accident attorney at 713-973-8888 or use our online form or chat with us. Get help today!
Why Choose Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law
Terry Bryant opened his law firm more than 35 years ago to help injury victims seek justice. Today, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law boasts a handpicked team of Texas personal injury attorneys and litigators. Our team has what it takes to secure the compensation you deserve.
We understand personal injury and vehicular accidents. Our ATV accident lawyers have assisted clients with various types of motor vehicle claims, including the following:
A head-on car collision seriously injured a married couple, causing a traumatic brain injury: $10.6 million.
A truck driver was crushed during a loading accident: $2.3 million.
A car accident resulted in a victim’s three-week ICU stay: $680,000.
A cyclist sustained multiple injuries following a truck accident: $1.9 million.
A victim was severely injured when struck by a semi-truck: $1.75 million.
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law features our No Fee Guarantee. This means that you will pay our firm nothing until and unless you get paid. Alternatively, if we win your case, you do not need to worry about payment until you have your cash in hand. With this guarantee, there is no reason to fear potential legal costs associated with your ATV accident lawsuit.
Contact our Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule your free case review today. Call us now at 713-973-8888.
What Typically Causes an ATV to Roll or Flip?
All-terrain vehicles were never meant for recreational off-roading, as they aren’t built for quick turns. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped manufacturers from marketing them to adventurers and thrill seekers. Though vehicle makers have worked to reduce the likelihood of rollovers, the center of gravity on most ATVs is too high to offer stability in an off-road environment, especially if the driver is going at hell-for-leather speed. Almost all ATVs are also designed without independent rear-wheel slip differentials. This results in even greater instability in the rear every time a driver attempts a turn – especially a sudden, tight turn.
These design issues often make the safe operation of most ATVs virtually impossible, causing injuries that can change a victim’s life forever. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, consider speaking with an attorney, as financial restitution can help with medical expenses like long-term physical therapy, among other financial losses resulting from one of these vehicle accidents.
The Latest ATV Scourge — The Yamaha Rhino
The inherently hazardous design of the Yamaha Rhino ATV has produced a larger-than-expected number of serious – and fatal – rollover accidents. The design flaws which make the Rhino susceptible to dangerous rollovers include:
Smaller-sized wheels and tires for the vehicle’s frame, coupled with …
An even higher center of gravity and …
A narrow wheelbase.
The company detailed these design flaws and other warnings associated with Yamaha Rhinos during its voluntary recall covered by the magazine Consumer Reports.
ATV Accident Lawyer in Houston Frequently Asked Questions -FAQs
Our clients frequently ask questions regarding ATV accidents in Houston. The following is a selection of these FAQs and our answers. If you need personalized answers, consider calling Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 713-973-8888. We will happily answer your questions during a free, no-obligation case review.
How does Texas define an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)?
In Texas, an ATV has at least three tires, a seat for the rider and one passenger, is not designed for farm or lawn care, has a maximum width of 50 inches, and is designed for off-highway use.
Are ATVs street-legal in Texas?
ATVs are permitted on Texas roads under certain situations if they have an Off-Highway Vehicle license plate. These situations include roads with maximum speed limits of 35 mph during the daytime for short distances and in certain master-planned communities.
What causes ATV accidents in Houston?
ATV accidents can occur for numerous reasons. Accidents can occur due to poor terrain, not-recommended vehicle usage, inexperience, or intoxicating substances. However, ATV accidents can also be attributable to a vehicle that was not properly maintained, contained defective parts, or was unsafe to drive.
What should I do after an ATV accident?
If you are involved in an ATV accident, you should remain calm and take the following steps:
Seek medical assistance, even if you think you are unhurt. Latent injuries can arise days or weeks after an accident.
Take pictures of the accident scene.
Get the contact information of any other parties involved in the accident.
Get the contact information of any witnesses.
Contact an experienced ATV accident attorney in Houston.
After Suffering a Serious Injury in an ATV Accident, Speak with a Seasoned Houston ATV Accident Attorney
The Houston ATV accident lawyers of Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are prepared to bring your fight to the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Our skilled advocates hold negligent corporations fully accountable when they place innocent consumers in harm’s way.
How Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Can Help
Having a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in the risks, dangers, and injuries associated with ATVs can make all the difference in your case. When you need an experienced ATV accident lawyer in Houston, Terry Bryant Accident and Injury Law can help you.
Terry Bryant is a Board Certified attorney with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Board Certification reflects the greatest level of proficiency in an attorney’s field. Terry Bryant’s Board Certification is as a personal injury lawyer. This certification reflects his extensive knowledge of procedure, evidence, and other substantive laws in personal injury cases.
This recognition sets him apart from many other Houston injury attorneys. The decades he spent as a Municipal Judge in Spring Valley Village, TX, also provides him with keen insight into the local Texas court system. That unique experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how to best represent his clients. [Attorney Bio]
Over the previous decades, our law firm has helped injured clients claim millions of dollars in damages and settlements. We are well-versed in all manners of vehicular accidents, including ATV accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at 713-973-8888 to speak with an ATV accident attorney today.
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Attorney Terry Bryant
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]
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