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ATV accidents often lead to catastrophic injury or even death, and a recent settlement from a case in Pennsylvania highlights the danger of ATV accidents. A 19 year old college student was killed when an ATV driven by another young man, allegedly intoxicated, flipped over ejecting both operator and passenger. The passengers injuries were fatal. The family has now settled their lawsuit for 2.7 million dollars.

Unfortunately, this case was only one of the nearly 1000 people who die each year from ATV accidents. Another 150,000 people are seen, on average, each year at emergency rooms from ATV related accidents.

If you are injured in an ATV accident, you should know that there may very well be coverage for your personal injuries. ATVs are often independently insured or may be covered by homeowners insurance. With coverage you are entitled to past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In this case, it appears that the family successfully went after several homeowners who had supplied the underage driver of the ATV with alcohol which led to the fatal accident.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) may be a great way to explore and enjoy the countryside, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Nationwide nearly 1000 people die each year and over 150,000 are seen at emergency rooms. Like motorcycles, ATV accidents often result in very serious injuries such as fractures, head injuries, internal bleeding, etc. This is because ATV drivers and passengers have very little protection.

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Rhode Island and Massachusetts have their fair share of ATV related injuries and it is important to understand your rights and options following an ATV accident. Drivers of an ATV can not make a claim if the accident is their own fault, however, there are two common scenarios in which an ATV related accident can result in a successful claim:

  1. The injured party is a passenger on the ATV. Since the driver is likely to be at fault for the accident, the passenger is without negligence and can collect from the insurance company of the driver or the owner of the ATV.
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