College Student Injured in ATV Accident - $1 million

$1 million

Auto Accident, Personal Injury

Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates' client was a 19-year-old college student who suffered a severe hand injury when an ATV in which he was a passenger rolled over at an off-road terrain in Sacramento. The driver of the ATV was an inexperienced 18-year-old female friend who had never operated a powerful ATV before. The ATV owner permitted his teenage son and his friends to take the ATVs to the terrain park with no supervision, no training and no concern whether any of them were capable of operating the vehicles safely.  

As the driver pulled to the top of a short rise, she turned hard left to follow the dirt path and to avoid a boundary line fence. She turned too sharply, and the powerful ATV rolled over to the right. In the process, our client’s right hand was crushed, and three of his fingers were amputated. His remaining two fingers, his index finger, and thumb were badly fractured, and he endured multiple surgeries to treat both the amputation and fractures.  

The case settled pre-litigation for the defendant’s insurance policy limit of $1 million.