There are approximately 9.5 All-terrain vehicles (ATVs, quad bikes or 4-wheelers) in use in the U.S. ATVs are fun vehicles used for both work and recreation. ATVs allow users to go off-road and off the beaten path and into remote areas with steep and rocky terrain. While ATVs were originally used for use on farms, they are now used for family fun such as picnicking, exploring nature trails, hunting and fishing, and riding events.
ATVs can be powerful machines and some of the larger vehicles can reach speeds of up to 55 mph and weigh up to 500 pounds. The causes of ATV accidents are varied but the most common types of ATV accidents are collisions and rollovers.
With the explosion of the number of ATVs in use, there has been an increase in the number of riders who suffer catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones and internal injuries. There has also been a rise in the incidence of death, especially in young children and to people who are of sleight build. In fact, there have been at least 8895 fatal ATV accidents between 1982 and 2007 and 28% of those killed were children under the age of 16 and in one year alone, 2005, there were approximately 136,7000 ATV-related injuries treated in emergency rooms.
According to a recent study “Definition and measurement of rider-intrinsic physical attributes influencing all-terrain vehicle safety” published in the Journal of Neurosurgery in November 2011, children and light-weight individuals are at considerable risk of serious injury when operating or riding on an ATV due to “inherent lateral, longitudinal and vertical operation instability in the vehicle.”
ATV injuries to children and women occur at an alarming rate; The American Academy of Pediatrics along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that children under the age of 16 should not ride ATVs.
ATV Injuries and Victim Rights
Most states require that those involved in an ATV accident file an accident report when someone is injured or killed in an ATV accident.
Those responsible for an ATV accident may be liable for injuries suffered by accident victims. ATV victims may file a claim for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.
Washington personal injury law firm
The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, represents people who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents including ATV accidents. We have more than 30 years representing accident victims and their families.
Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or email@example.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Bellevue to assist you.