As the weather warms up and people are looking for a fun outdoor activity, they may be interested in riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Riding an ATV is often a one-person activity; however, their use can cause others on the road serious injuries and even death.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers reminders to riders to help keep others safe. These include riding age-appropriate ATVs, never riding with more passengers than seats on the ATV, staying off of public roads except when crossing and participating in ATV training with a qualified instructor before riding.
Drivers and pedestrians on public roads can suffer injuries such as broken bones, fractures and abrasions if they are hit by an ATV. This can cause damage to the person’s arm, head or neck, leg and torso. Approximately one-third of recent ATV accidents were caused by collisions with other vehicles.
These injuries are often caused when a rider overturns the ATV either forward, backward or sideways in a rollover. Even on flat surfaces, these accidents can occur when the rider makes a sharp turn or is driving too fast.
Riders who are younger than 16 years old should only drive youth model ATVs and should not be allowed to operate adult ATVs. Within the last few years, there have been more than 81,000 ATV related injuries that resulted in a visit to the emergency room. More than one quarter of these involved children under the age of 16.
If an adult loaned or otherwise allowed a child to use his or her ATV, they may be liable.
If a person has been injured due to an ATV rider or owner’s negligence, an experienced attorney can pursue compensation on his or her behalf.