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Are ATVs More Dangerous Than Dirt Bikes?


At Hilliard Law, we have been serving victims of personal injury accidents for over three decades, representing clients and helping them win the compensation they rightfully deserve. 

If you’re interested in off-roading activities, such as riding dirt bikes or ATVs, you may want to know which options are safer. Especially if you are a beginner to traversing uneven terrain, you will likely want to take all the necessary precautions to maintain your safety. But which off-roading vehicle should you choose, and why? And what should you do if you get into an accident with one?

At Hilliard Law, we know how important safety precautions may be, and we may be able to help. We have assisted many clients with their accident cases by representing them and helping them win the compensation they deserve. If you would like to learn more about which of these off-road vehicles is safer, please continue reading for our complete analysis.

Danger Statistics for ATVs and Dirt Bikes

Looking at statistics is essential when you’re making a decision about which off-road vehicle you want to ride and invest in, especially if you’re concerned about overall safety. The statistics about ATVs and dirt bikes, however, might surprise you.

While ATVs are larger and have four wheels, compared to the significantly smaller and two-wheeled dirt bike, ATV crashes are far more likely to result in death or severe injuries to riders and other victims. According to a 2010 study performed by Johns Hopkins Medicine, victims of ATV crashes were 50 percent more likely to die of their injuries than those who had accidents involving other off-road vehicles.

ATV victims were also 55 percent more likely to be admitted into a hospital’s intensive-care unit (ICU) and 42 percent more likely to require a ventilator. These accidents are even more likely to lead to severe damages when both types of riders are wearing helmets. There is a general perception that four-wheeled vehicles are safer than two-wheeled counterparts, but the statistics indicate the opposite is true.

While dirt bike riders are significantly more likely to get into accidents than ATV riders, ATV accidents generally lead to severe injuries or deaths with higher probability. If you are a beginner, most practiced off-roaders will recommend using a dirt bike instead of an ATV.

How Can a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

If you have been injured in an off-roading accident due to another party’s negligent actions, you may be interested in taking legal action. However, if you choose to take legal action, we strongly recommend retaining a qualified and specialized personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to assist you in the following ways:

  • Providing in-depth legal advice
  • Negotiating on your behalf
  • Strategizing regarding the next best steps tailored to your circumstances
  • Handling other legal representatives
  • Working with insurance adjusters and companies
  • Determining the value of your case
  • Maximizing your potential compensation for damages
  • Helping you determine which damages may be compensated
  • Collecting and analyzing evidence
  • Leading or joining investigations
  • Referring you to medical or other professionals
  • Providing you with helpful resources and information
  • Reducing your stress

A skilled lawyer can accurately and favorably represent your side of the case, hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, and help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Protect Yourself With Lawyers From Hilliard Law

At Hilliard Law, we have been serving victims of personal injury accidents for over three decades. Our team is dedicated to supporting clients through each step of the legal process, and we know how to fight for you.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If we take your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win. For more information, please call us at (866) 927-3420 or complete our contact form at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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