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How Dangerous Are ATV's?

How Dangerous Are ATV's?

How dangerous is it to drive or ride on an ATV? Who is responsible for personal injuries when an ATV accident occurs? Many Americans who are stuck at home right now are looking for alternative methods of entertainment and activity. As stimulus payments reach bank accounts, a fair number are considering purchasing an ATV to pass the time. However, these "fun" vehicles are significantly more dangerous than most realize. When an accident involving an ATV occurs, personal injury lawyers may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer, the distributor, the driver, or any mechanic who performed work on the machine.

ATV Injuries in the United States & Kansas

In 2018, hospital emergency departments recorded 81,800 personal injuries caused by ATV accidents. Of these, 21,700 involved children under the age of 16. In all, 97% of accidents involved four-wheeled ATV's as opposed to three.

This was significantly lower than in 2017, when hospitals recorded 93,800 injuries, and 2016, when 101,200 were recorded. However, the rates of accidents involving four-wheeled ATV's were consistently high at 99% in 2017 and 98% in 2016.

From 1982-2018, it was estimated that 178 people in Kansas died in ATV accidents. Of these, nine died in 2017-2018.

ATV Fatalities

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 15,744 ATV-related fatalities that occurred from 1982 to the end of 2018. In 2018, 264 people died, while in 2017, 463 died. Over the 30 year period, 3,353 fatalities were children under the age of 16. Alarmingly, 44% of these fatalities involve children under the age of 12. This highlights the dangers that ATV's pose to younger riders.

The deadliest state for accidents between 1982 and 2018 was Texas, with 893 deaths, followed by West Virginia at 803, and Pennsylvania at 789. Missouri recorded 455 deaths, while Nebraska had 150.

ATV Accident Causes

ATV's are motor vehicles and should be treated with the utmost respect and handled with considerable care. However, many drivers fail to handle their machines safely. In fact, driver error is one of the most common causes of ATV accidents. Driver errors can include driving too fast for terrain, attempting to traverse steep terrain, and overloading the ATV with passengers or cargo.

ATV accidents can also occur due to design and manufacturing defects. These include defects that negatively affect the vehicle's center of gravity or those that diminish the vehicle's handling characteristics. Accidents can also be caused by poor maintenance, or by improperly conducting maintenance tasks.

ATV Liability

Liability for an ATV accident can fall upon a negligent driver who injures their passengers. It can fall on the manufacturer when design and manufacturing defects are the cause of injury or death. It can fall on a distributor who fails to inform the buyer of known hazards inherent to the make/model of the ATV. Mechanics can be held liable for the use of improper repair techniques or the use of deficient replacement components. When an ATV accident occurs, personal injury lawyers consider the liability of these potential parties and whether their actions contributed to causing the accident.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our personal injury lawyers represent clients in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Our team will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive for your personal injuries, property damage, and the wrongful deaths caused by an ATV accident. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.