Over the past decade, off-road activities have significantly increased in popularity across the United States. Here in Alaska, snowmachining and four-wheeling are more than just a fun hobby — they are a way of life and often a vital means of transportation. Tragically, snowmachine and ATV accidents resulting in a disabling injury or even death occur almost daily in Alaska.
Snowmachine and ATV Accident Risks and Injuries
Both ATVs and snowmachines have become more powerful over the years. ATVs, especially, have become heavier. A four-wheeler weighs between 550 pounds and 650 pounds, depending on the make and model. Despite their size, ATVs and snowmachines offer relatively few safety features and can flip or roll very quickly. Uneven terrain and unforeseen obstacles add to the risk, resulting in riders being thrown from the vehicle or crushed beneath it before even realizing what’s happening.
Children are at particularly high risk for death or hospitalization from snowmachine and ATV accidents. Their smaller bodies are unable to withstand the crushing weight that is five times greater than their own. Even in adults, injuries from such accidents are usually severe and frequently disabling. Common injuries that occur as a result of an off-road accident include brain injuries, spinal trauma, bone fractures, contusions, and back injuries.
If You Had a Snowmachine or ATV Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV or snowmachine accident, you may be confronted with steep medical bills and expenses during recovery. At Crowson Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have experience with snowmachine and ATV accident cases. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine if you’re entitled to compensation for medical bills, damages, losses, or even funeral arrangements in the event of a wrongful death of a loved one.
Free, Confidential Consultation with an Alaska Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured — or if you have lost a loved one — please contact Crowson Law Group online or by email, or at 855-677-9393 (toll free), 907-677-9393 (Anchorage) or 907-519-0193 (Wasilla) to speak with our Wasilla or Anchorage personal injury lawyers. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We proudly serve all of Alaska and are here to help. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.