June 14, 2013
Summer means being outdoors, heading to a cabin, or taking time to pursue those activities we cannot enjoy during the winter. Some sports and recreational activities will spike during the summer months, including ATV riding. Remember that the risk of injury on an ATV is high. New riders as well as experienced riders should keep in mind their safety to prevent additional accidents and injuries.
ATVs are notoriously dangerous, with a high number of injuries associated with these vehicles every year. Victims involved with collisions, roll-overs, falls, and other accidents can suffer severe injury including lacerations, loss of limb, head injury, brain injury, paralysis, or death. Our ATV accident attorneys are experienced in the investigation of ATV accidents and can effectively protect the rights of victims and their families.
When the temperature rises, statistics also show a spike in the number of ATV-related deaths and injuries. According to reports produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), last year’s Memorial Day Weekend meant significant rates of accidents, including 14 deaths and 2,750 injuries.
In a comprehensive report published in February, the CPSC revealed the number of accidents and injuries related to ATV use. Every year there are nearly 110,000 accidents involving ATVs. Many of the children involved in accidents are younger than 16 and over 50% of injuries were were suffered by children younger than 12 years old. Throughout the summer, there was a higher risk of accidents and injury involving an ATV.
If your family has an ATV or your child will be riding an ATV this summer there are a number of safety guidelines you can follow to prevent injury. All drivers should have a vehicle sized for their operation. No child under 16 should try to operate an adult ATV. Remember children are most vulnerable: children younger than 6 should never ride on an ATV, whether a driver or as a passenger. Remember that ATVs are usually designed for one person–multiple passengers can carry additional risk of injury. Riders and passengers should always wear protective gear.
Recreational off-road vehicles can also pose a significant risk. ROVs caused nearly 200 deaths over the past 10 years. In many of these cases, the deaths involved a rollover, even on flat or open terrain. Anyone riding in an ROV should wear a seat belt. ROVs should only be driven by someone with a valid driver’s license. Again, ROV drives and passengers should wear helmets and protective gear.
To prevent accidents, ATV or ROV accidents, drivers should also have a training course. This can significantly reduce the number of accidents and injuries among new and young drivers. Be aware of surroundings. You should not drive an ATV on paved roads and always be aware of potential hazards.
In the event of accident, injury or wrongful death, victims and families may be entitled to compensation. It is important to work with an experienced advocate and investigator who can determine the cause of the accident and identify all responsible parties. Victims of ATV accidents may be able to recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, long-term care needs and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.