SUV & ATV Accidents in Florida

Sport utility vehicles and all-terrain vehicles can be a lot of fun to drive. SUVs are capable of taking you off-road on rocky trails and mountain paths, even through thick underbrush, so you can explore, camp, hunt or simply ride through the areas less traveled. And ATVs can give you the thrill of a motorcycle with the off-road adventure of an SUV as you maneuver across the land. But when these good times come to a screeching halt due to manufacturing recalls and rollover accidents, our Gainesville attorneys want to help you through your injury claim.

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Rollover Accidents

At the onset of the growing SUV trend, consumers were excited about the endless possibilities available when they were behind the wheel of a car-truck hybrid. But it didn’t take long for SUV to be synonymous with “rollover accidents,” and millions of people were rethinking their vehicle purchases.

There is an empowering attitude felt by those who drive an SUV that can lead to an increased chance of rollover without the driver ever being aware of the risk. According to a National Consumer Survey conducted in 2005,

  • Up to 39 percent of Americans driving an SUV feel more powerful.
  • 4 in 10 Americans say they are safer in an SUV than they are in a sedan.
  • 50 percent of drivers and passengers don’t consider loading as a contributing factor to rollovers.
  • Sport utility vehicles roll over in approximately 37 percent of fatal crashes, which is 22 percent higher than the rollover rate for cars.

These false feelings of power and safety may lead to more risky driving. But whatever the cause of the accident, the facts are clear: SUVs roll over more often than any other type of road-ready vehicle.

SUV Rollover Lawyers

SUV rollover accidents are often the worst kind, and they can happen anywhere and at any speed. According to Consumer Reports, rollovers account for nearly 30 percent of passengers killed while riding in a vehicle. Whether your accident occurred on a side street, the highway, or off-roading, the attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts want to make sure that your rights are protected.

Vehicle design can play a deciding role in whether a vehicle will roll over, and passenger injuries are often quite severe. Life-threatening injuries, deaths, and life-altering injuries can plague drivers and passengers alike, but the mounting medical costs can be overwhelming, too.

Talk with our attorneys to determine whether you have a compelling case. You may be entitled to compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, and even lost wages. But it is important that you act quickly. Don’t try to live with the pain and injury. We recommend that you seek medical help immediately after an accident so that your injuries can be documented and corroborated. The injuries you sustain today could haunt you the rest of your life. Don’t allow yourself to suffer unnecessarily. Contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts today.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) / Four-Wheeler Accidents

Few vehicles can compare to an ATV — the handled control, roaring at full throttle and the ability to go nearly anywhere with ease. ATVs are almost a rite of passage for kids and young adults in rural and suburban areas, and they are increasingly helpful tools when hunting and camping or getting around on large farms and ranches. But the fun of riding an ATV can turn sour quickly in the event of an accident. In 2011, there were 327 reported deaths and injuries involving ATVs in America.

In Florida, ATVs are extremely popular ways to explore and enjoy the natural beauty, even in the boggy swamps. Although they are often considered toys, ATVs pose many threats for riders, so its important to follow safety precautions when riding. In Florida, ATVs operated on public land must be titled, but the state does not require registration. Riders younger than 16 must wear eye protection and a helmet, and ATVs are not allowed to be operated on paved roads. That doesn’t seem like very many guidelines for a vehicle that can cause serious injury and death, so we recommend enrolling in an ATV training course to help riders understand the dangers involved. The State of Florida does require ATV manufacturers to provide training courses.

ATVs, just like any other vehicle, have been known to have manufacturing defects. Many vehicles have been recalled, but that has done little to reduce the number of four-wheeler accidents, injuries and deaths caused while riding an ATV.

ATV & SUV Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured while operating an ATV, contact us immediately. Our personal injury attorneys will help you file a claim and determine whether your ATV was defective. A time for recreation should not end in injury or death, and we want to ensure that you receive adequate compensation from ATV accidents.

The Gainesville attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts are available to help you in your time of need. Medical bills, lost wages, and life-altering injuries may just be the start of hardships that follow an accident. Don’t go it alone. Talk with an SUV accident attorney to learn about your rights and file your injury claim today.