Georgia ATV Accidents Cause Serious Injuries and Tragic Death of Special Ed Teacher


September 03, 2010

The popularity of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) continues to grow despite the growing number of people who are seriously injured or killed while operating the vehicles. Two incidents in July serve as examples of the danger posed by recreational ATV use. Three teenage girls were riding an ATV on a city street in Douglas County and apparently lost control of the vehicle as they tried to negotiate a curve.

None of the girls had driver's licenses. All three girls suffered injuries though fortunately the injuries were not life threatening. Jodi Wylene Taylor, who teaches special education at K.B. Elementary School in Monroe County, was not as fortunate as she was killed in an ATV accident within weeks of the earlier incident. These accidents are not isolated events as ATVs are becoming increasingly popular for off-road recreational use, especially in rural terrain, as well as for farm work.

Design characteristics of ATVs make them highly unstable and prone to tip over leading to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. This is a widespread problem with over 150,000 people finding themselves in the emergency room in 2007 as a result of an ATV accident. The Yamaha Rhino, for instance, has been linked to thousands of injuries across the country, because of its narrow body and high center of gravity that places motorists at an increased risk of flipping or rolling the vehicle. The attorneys and staff at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, understand the serious danger posed by the inherent design defects in ATVs and the importance of assisting those who are seriously injured in such accidents seek fair compensation.

ATVs are unstable and when used in rugged off-road terrain are extremely prone to rollover accidents. When such accidents occur, the rider is typically ejected and is often pinned underneath the vehicle. This can lead to catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, severed limbs, amputations, broken bones, internal organ damage and even fatalities. These types of serious injuries can result in mind-numbing medical expenses and rehabilitative therapy. A recent study estimated the cost of long-term medical and rehabilitative care at $11.5 million for 6 people who were seriously injured in ATV accidents. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know that the cost of such care can devastate a family financially. We have over 25 years of experience helping families seek the compensation they need and deserve.

In most cases, the ATV manufacturer will be one of the responsible parties whose conduct contributes to ATV accidents because of the defective design of ATVs that make them prone to rolling over and crushing riders. However, the Douglas County case illustrates how other parties might also be responsible. ATVs are not generally made for carrying a passenger on the rear of the vehicle, so doing so increases the risk of injury to the riders. In such cases, the person driving the vehicle may also be negligent, as may be the person who permitted the driver to use the vehicle. In the Douglas County case, the person who owned and/or entrusted the vehicle to the teenage girls should have known they did not have driver's licenses and therefore may not have had the appropriate experience to operate the ATVs safely.

Despite the extreme danger posed by ATVs, it is reasonable to assume that their increasing popularity as a recreational toy will continue. The vehicles are inherently dangerous and off-road use on rural terrain only increases the risk. The Georgia ATV accident attorneys of Montlick and Associates represent those seriously injured in accidents from ATV's and other vehicles throughout the entire State of Georgia, including Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins, as well as every smaller town and rural area. Serving All Georgia Counties including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry Counties. Contact Montlick & Associates for your Free Consulation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia we are only a phone call away, and we will travel to meet with you.

Category: Personal Injury

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