The city of Stockton is located near two major parks that allow off-road and all-terrain vehicles: The Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area, and the La Grange Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Both parks provide robust, exciting terrain for off-road enthusiasts of all skill levels. Both parks allow for camping, giving riders a chance to rest after a hard day’s racing over rough ground. As all off-road riders and drivers should be aware of, this can be as dangerous a pastime as it is a thrilling one, on and off the track. All-terrain vehicles can cause serious injuries and deaths even to the most prepared and experienced drivers. A mishap on the track, or at home in your garage during maintenance, both can be equally life-changing events. If you are suffering from a Stockton all-terrain vehicle accident, Penney & Associates have lawyers on staff who understand the nature of these accidents. We can help you move on, and get the compensation you deserve.
Common All-Terrain Vehicle Hazards
The Carnegie SVRA contains 1,300 acres of riding area. The terrain varies greatly and includes rocky hills and steep canyons. There is an exclusive motocross track, and a shared ATV-motocross track. There are two other courses for children and beginning riders, the 70cc and 100cc courses. The SVRA also includes a camping area, and wildlife inhabits the terrain. Visitors are expected to respect the animals and environment around them.
The nature of any outdoor sport means that injuries and hazards can happen, despite the best intentions and preparations. If you re-read the description of the Carnegie SVRA above, you may understand some potential hazards to be aware of.
- poisonous plants and wildlife
- uneven terrain
- steep cliffs
- jumps on the courses
- other riders and their vehicles
Potential Stockton All-Terrain Vehicle Accident Injuries
Riding off-road in all-terrain vehicles may result in life-threatening injury. This can happen even if a rider is cautious. Some common injuries include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial cuts, burns, and abrasions
- Concussions or traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Broken or fractured bones
- Joint sprains
Some people will automatically assume the rider or owner of an ATV is at fault for any accident, but this is not always the case. ATV and off-roading have been developing sports since the 1960s. It was not until 1986 that legal standards were set for the manufacture of ATVs. Modern ATVs have these safety standards in mind, but many older vehicles do not, and still remain in use today. An estimated 2.4 billion ATVs have been sold, and later judged defective.
It isn’t only when ATVs are in use that they can be dangerous. Defects that show only themselves after days or years of use can lead to injury of an ATV owner during regular maintenance.
Get Compensation For Your Stockton All-Terrain Vehicle Accident
If you were injured on the hills of Carnegie SVRA, or in the relaxed comfort of your own garage, take advantage of a free consultation with Penney & Associates! Our lawyers understand how these accidents can affect your present and your future. If you have suffered a Stockton all-terrain vehicle accident, and you have a case for compensation, we will aggressively pursue a settlement that is fair to you, your family, and your loved ones.