All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are used for many different purposes. While
they commonly are used for recreation, it isn’t uncommon for them
to be used in herding animals, surveying large areas of farmland, transporting
tools and equipment, and traversing mountains, deserts, beaches, and other
rugged terrains. Despite their widespread popularity and use, ATVs can
pose a significant threat to riders and bystanders.
Common ATV Injuries
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) documents injury statistics
for ATVs and has recorded more than 14,000 ATV-related deaths between
1982 and 2015. In 2015, the CPSC estimates that about 98,000 people received
emergency medical treatment for their ATV-related injuries. Often, these
injuries can be quite severe.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most serious injuries sustained in ATV accidents.
These injuries can drastically change a victim’s life and cause
significant and ongoing medical expenses. ATV riders can also sustain
neurological injuries, spinal code injuries (SCI), neck injuries, chest
and abdominal injuries, fractures, and dislocations. Many of these potential
injuries can be
catastrophic and result in a lifetime of medical treatment and disability.
Treatment for ATV-related injuries is often costly and can last for many
years as the victim recovers. Many who have been injured in ATV accidents
never will fully recover and may struggle to return to work and support
themselves or their families. Physical therapy and rehabilitation are
two common types of ongoing medical care that can occur after a serious injury.
In addition to physical injuries, many accident victims also sustain emotional
damage. Some may even be cognitively impaired due to their injuries. Stress,
depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) are common emotional conditions that can be caused by an accident.
The Hazards of ATVs
Many riders use ATVs to travel over rough terrain, often at high speeds.
Even with proper operation, there is a risk that an ATV may still flip
or roll over. This can pin the rider underneath the vehicle or throw them
off. Most ATVs are not designed to carry more than one person. Carrying
passengers increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle. ATV also
lack the stability of other vehicles, which means they should be operated
at lower speeds and never taken on paved roads.
Children who ride ATVs, either alone or with their parents, are at a much
greater risk of injury than adults. They often lack the strength, coordination,
and judgment skills to safely operate an ATV, and may struggle to hold
on when riding as a passenger. Studies have discovered that adolescents
and teenagers are at the greatest risk for head injuries over any other
age group. Even following all federal, state, and local regulations regarding
ATV use, tragic accidents can still occur.
Tips to Prevent ATV Accidents
While the best way to avoid an ATV accident is simply to avoid using ATVs,
there are still steps you can take to prevent accidents while using these
vehicles. These safety tips can help you reduce your risk of injury:
- Never ride an ATV without a DOT approved helmet, as well as appropriated
footwear and protective gear.
- Do not allow passengers on ATVs.
- Always ensure that ATV operators have read and understood the owner’s
manual, including the limitations of the vehicle and appropriate terrains
- Check your local and state regulations for ATV use.
- Have all ATV drivers go through safety training and get practical experience
in operating an ATV properly.
- Never let young children operate an ATV.
- Never allow ATV operators to ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Make sure you have a way to reach emergency services when you drive an
ATV in case of an emergency.
Injured? Call Our Albuquerque ATV Accident Lawyer Now – (505) 219-2176
If you’ve been injured in an ATV accident, you may be eligible for
compensation. There are strict state and federal laws governing the sale
and manufacture of ATVs, which can hold responsible parties liable. Our
personal injury attorney is backed by more than 20 years of trial-tested experience, so
you can rest easy knowing you have an experienced fighter in your corner.
Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law will right to protect your rights and
see that you receive your rightful compensation for your injuries.
Contact our offices today to begin your case with a
free case evaluation. Call (505) 219-2176.