All Terrain Vehicles Still Proven to Be Dangerous
Posted on November 29th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
All Terrain Vehicles have become increasingly popular since they were first introduced over forty years ago partly due to the freedom and feel of danger that comes with riding an open air vehicle. While riding ATV’s can be very exhilarating and fun, serious accidents occur with far too much regularity. It was originally believed by many experts in the industry that once 3-wheeled ATV’s were taken off the market, accidents would decrease. Three-wheeled ATV’s do not have a center of gravity and are far too dangerous for widespread use. Even though manufacturers have quit making 3-wheeled ATV’s the number of accidents is still far too high. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2004, an estimated 136,000 serious injuries occurred that were ATV related in the United States and rose to 150,900 serious related injuries in 2007 and almost 700 reported deaths.
Serious injuries such as head trauma, multiple fractures, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and paralysis can all result from an ATV accident. Single vehicle accidents on an ATV can be dangerous enough, but when they collide with other objects ATV riders are always at a disadvantage. Helmets are a necessity when riding ATV’s or motorcycles and children should never be allowed to operate either types of vehicle. ATV’s should be ridden solo and used as designed. In addition to very serious injuries, death can be a result of an ATV accident. Over the last ten years, deaths have increased from 287 to over 800 with numbers reaching over 900 in 2007.
There are several suggestions for preventing ATV accidents:
- Attend an ATV driver’s safety course
- Never use a 3-wheeler as they are unsafe and no longer manufactured
- Ride an age-appropriate ATV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no one under the age of 16 ride a full size ATV
- Provide constant supervision when children are operating an ATV
- Never carry passengers. ATVs are designed for only one person
- Do not use ATVs on the streets or at night
- Always wear an approved, well-fitting helmet with eye protection
- Wear non-ski, closed toe shoes
- Wear long pants and long sleeves
- Never operate an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Even under the most cautious of operating situations, accidents happen. When accidents happen for reasons of negligence, you must consider contacting a personal injury attorney. Serious injuries including body fractures, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement and traumatic brain damage can all result from an ATV accident.
Injured in a Motorcycle or All-Terrain Vehicle Accident in St. Louis?
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident near St Louis, Missouri, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney at The Cagle Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options. Under Missouri personal injury law, motorcycle accident victims are legally entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of another. This might include negligence on the part of another motorist on the road, or on the part of a company or corporation. For example, if a defect with the motorcycle causes an accident to occur, such as brake failure, the company that manufactured the motorcycle can be held liable for damages. At The Cagle Law Firm, we will thoroughly analyze the circumstances leading up to you or your loved one’s accident to determine who is at fault for the accident and thus liable for injuries. From there, we will aggressively pursue a verdict or settlement for maximum compensation. Our goal is to ensure you are justly compensated for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical bills, lost wages, and any other hardship incurred due to the accident.
Contact the Cagle Law today to speak with an experienced and dedicated St. Louis personal injury lawyer about filing a motorcycle accident or wrongful death claim. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at (314) 276-1681.