Injuries Caused by Riding ATVs
Hi. I’m Indiana personal injury attorney David Holub.
Over the years a number of injuries and deaths have occurred as a result of riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Many of those killed or seriously injured are 16 or younger.
Often the incidents involve hitting a tree, or being thrown from the ATV.
Since at least 1982 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tracked close to 15,000 ATV related fatalities.
The CPSC has noted that riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) constitutes a dangerous and deadly activity when safety precautions are not followed.
The ATV Safety Institute suggests the following safety rules:
• Wear a helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, long sleeve shirts, and pants
• Avoid paved roads (ATVs are optimized for off road trails)
• Avoid operating an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• No passengers should be taken on an ATV intended for a single-rider
• An adult must supervise operators younger than age 18
• Riders should operate only on designated trails and maintain a safe speed
An ATV is not like a bicycle. Parents cannot simply turn over the keys to an underage ATV operator and expect safe operation.
ATV owners should watch for product recalls. ATV recalls have including seatbelt issues, defects with steering controls, and problems with brakes.
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