Deaths Due to ATV’s Increase in Summer Months – Safety is Priority
Posted on June 17th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
The use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) can be a fun, summer experience, however, accidents and visits to emergency rooms due to ATV’s are quickly increasing in these summer months. A hospital in Springfield, Missouri has reported that ER visits due to ATV accidents is up more than 50 % compared to this time last year. In the last four months, they have had 29 ATV related accidents opposed to 12 in the same time frame last year. Nationally, news reports note that from 5/25/10 to 6/7/10 there have been at least 41 deaths, and 13 of those deaths were under the age of 16.
There are significant risks involved in riding ATV’s, specifically, if one is racing. Injuries such as severe brain injury, spinal cord trauma, multiple fractures to the upper and lower extremities, abdominal trauma; facial and dental injuries can be the result of ATV accidents.
ATVs can easily flip on tricky terrain, and adding passengers can make it harder to maintain balance.
ATVSafety.gov gives a number of helpful safety tips:
- Experience is important when riding an ATV
- All new riders are encouraged to take a training course which are offered nation wide
- Wear the appropriate gear
- Wear the age/size appropriate helmet
- Do not ride on paved roads or at night
- Do not ride tandem on a 1-up ATV
- Children under the age of 16 years should never ride an adult-sized ATV
The website offers many riding safety tips in regard to riding safely on various types of terrain.
New and experienced ATV riders should refresh their skills and awareness of the dangers that are accompanied with riding all terrain vehicles. Nationally, news reports note that from 5/25/10 to 6/7/10 there have been at least 41 deaths, and 13 of those deaths were under the age of 16.
Injured in an ATV Accident in St. Louis?
If you have suffered an injury in a ATV or motorcycle accident in or around 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. 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