Alberta is known for its beautiful and expansive backcountry and rural surroundings, so it’s not surprising that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a popular form of recreation and off-road transportation in the province. In a 2019 Global News interview, Don Voaklander with the University of Alberta Injury Prevention Centre stated that “Albertans are about 12 percent of the population of Canada but we buy about 25 percent of the ATVs, so there’s lot of ATV activity in Alberta.” Alberta is the only province in Canada that does not require ATV drivers to wear a helmet while riding on their own property or another person’s private land, and there are a handful of other helmet exemptions for Albertans. Statistics gathered over the past decade report an average of 5,000 emergency room visits related to ATV accidents each year, resulting in 550 hospitalizations and approximately 14 deaths. Of those injured in ATV accidents, many are forced to take time off work as they recover from their injuries, and some may experience long-term disability. If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an ATV accident, you might have questions such as “Am I covered by insurance for an ATV accident?” or “Can I make a claim against a negligent ATV owner?”. At Litwiniuk & Company, our experienced ATV accident lawyers will answer your questions and do everything they can to help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries. The most common types of injuries sustained when riding ATVs include:Traffic Safety Act: (x) “motor vehicle” means (i) a vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power, or (ii) a moped, but does not include a bicycle, a power bicycle, an aircraft, an implement of husbandry or a motor vehicle that runs only on rails; (a) “off-highway vehicle” means any motorized mode of transportation built for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice or marsh or swamp land or on other natural terrain and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes, when specifically designed for such travel, (i) 4-wheel drive vehicles, (ii) low pressure tire vehicles, (iii) motorcycles and related 2-wheel vehicles, (iv) amphibious machines, (v) all-terrain vehicles, (vi) miniature motor vehicles, (vii) snow vehicles, (viii) minibikes, and (ix) any other means of transportation that is propelled by any power other than muscular power or wind.
- Head injuries ranging from concussions to severe brain damage;
- Various fractures and broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries including the neck or lower back;
- Internal injuries including fractured ribs, internal bleeding, or organ damage; and
- Loss of life.