Posted on November 4th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Children make up a disproportionate number of all-terrain vehicle injuries for a variety of reasons such as lack of adult supervision, failure to wear a helmet, and riding a vehicle that is too large for the child. With the increase in ATV popularity, there has been a growing concern over the risks involved in riding ATV’s. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that ATVs result in more than 100,000 emergency room visits per year, including more than 30,000 injuries for children under the age of 16. 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 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. 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.