With an increase in the popularity and operation of ATVs, accident related injuries, and deaths are also on the rise. ATV accidents were responsible for an average of 750 deaths per year for the past five years according to www.atvsafety.gov . Roughly one-fifth of those deaths were children under the age of 16. Lack of supervision and proper instruction, combined with hazardous terrain and possible defects in the manufacturer's design and construction, can lead to serious ATV accidents.
INHERENT DANGERS OF ATVS:
While all motor vehicles present dangers to their occupants due to their fast speeds and the catastrophic injuries that can result from an accident, ATVs have been found to be as dangerous as motorcycles, yet with additional chances for an accident. Because ATVs are meant to go off-road and through treacherous terrain, the chances of an accident occurring become even greater. Although these vehicles are meant to safely navigate rough ground, unexpected hazards can result in a rider being thrown from the ATV or possibly crushed beneath in the case of a rollover or flip. Additionally, ATVs come in various styles and are meant for different terrains. However, when they are used on improper grounds, accidents can easily occur.
TYPES OF ATVS AND TERRAIN:
All-terrain vehicles come in a variety of makes, including racing models, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and six-wheelers. Further, each of these models has individual classes that are meant for various types of terrain, such as desert, woodlands, and motocross. The specifications of these vehicles and the features, such as tires and top speeds, are often not meant for other terrains and can cause the vehicle to be more susceptible to an accident when encountering hazards. Ice, branches, train tracks, and sand can be easily encountered by certain models of ATVs, but may cause rollovers, ejections, and flips for others.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS ALONE
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with an ATV, you likely have many unresolved questions and concerns that you’re trying to get answered.
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