In the summer time, one of the recreational activities people engage in is riding all-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs. The number of serious and fatal ATV accidents also increases with more people riding ATVs.
Because you do not need a license to ride an ATV, many young children and teens drive ATVs resulting in serious accidents. Teens drive ATVs that are made for adults and lose control of the vehicles resulting in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. Children younger than 16 years old lack the developmental skills to safely drive adult ATVs. However, adults can lose control of the ATVs as well.
This past summer, there were several ATV accidents resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.
In the beginning of the summer, a 13 year old boy was killed in an ATV accident. The boy was weaving in and out of traffic and lost control of the vehicle. The boy was ejected from the ATV. *Source: www.philadelphia.cbslocal.com
Last month, 4 teens were injured in an ATV accident in New Jersey. Two all-terrain vehicles were driven by 14 year old teens, and each ATV also had a passenger, a 10 year old boy and an 11 year old girl. The 2 ATVs collided head-on and seriously injured both drivers. The passengers also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. *Source: www.nj.com
In the same month, a 49 year old Philadelphia man was killed in an ATV accident in Greenwich Township, NJ. He was also driving a passenger who survived the accident. The man lost control of the ATV and struck a wooden fence. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the ATV. The driver was not wearing a helmet and struck his head on the wooden post on the fence. *Source: www.nj.com
When riding an ATV, riders should keep the following in mind:
Some ATV accidents are caused by the negligence of others, i.e., another careless ATV driver. For those accidents caused by the negligence of others, injured riders and passengers are entitled to recover damages.
ATV accidents may also be caused by defective parts, i.e., faulty steering wheel resulting in loss of control. If riders and/or passengers are injured by defective ATVs, they may have a products liability claim against the ATV manufacturers due to the defective designs or parts.
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.
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