According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), reports show that during the 2012 Memorial Day long weekend, there were at least 14 deaths and an estimated 2,750 injuries associated with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents. *Source: www.cpsc.gov
According to CPSC, ATVs continue to be the 4th most deadly product, with more than 700 ATV-related deaths per year. Not only is there a spike in ATV accidents around Memorial Day, there is also a surge in the spring.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and many people ride ATVs as a fun recreational activity for the first time of the season. Many young children and teens also ride ATVs as a recreational activity. As a result, there has been an increase in injuries to children younger than the age of 16. There were an estimated 29,000 injuries to children in 2012, and more than half of these injuries were sustained by children younger than the age of 12.
Just this past Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, four people were injured in an ATV accident in Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania. Three medical helicopters were called to the scene along with a number of ambulances. The accident is still under investigation, and the medical conditions of the injured individuals are unknown at this time. *Source: www.triblive.com
Last week on May 18, 2013, a 13 year old boy died when he was thrown from his ATV after losing control. The teen boy was driving a 2002 Yamaha four-wheel ATV on a street in Southwest Philadelphia. He was seen weaving in and out of traffic. He lost control of his ATV and was ejected from the ATV. He ultimately struck a pole and a tree. *Source: http://www.philadelphia.cbslocal.com
Some ATV accidents are caused by the riders' carelessness, and some are caused by the negligence of others. For those accidents caused by the negligence of others, the injured riders and passengers are entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering and other damages.
For example, the ATV may have been defectively designed, i.e., likely to lose steering control and cause an accident. In such a situation, the injured rider may be able to bring a products liability claim against the manufacturer. Many riders may not realize there is a products liability claim because they did not know about the defect and may think they caused the accident.
If you were in an ATV accident, it is important that you speak to an experienced Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury lawyer who has handled ATV accident cases. Call Dan O'Brien today for a free, no obligation initial consultation @ 877.944.8396.
I was injured while operating an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) on a trail. I was backing up on a hill when the ATV tipped over because the back fender detached. Can I sue the company that made the ATV? I had a drink a couple of hours before the accident. Does that matter?
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