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ATV Accidents Causing an Alarming Number of Injuries

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

While Charleston is a city full of charm and sophistication, it’s not devoid of recreational activities, both indoor and out. A common form of recreation for many people in the Carolinas is four-wheeling, and children of all ages are likely get in on the fun. While riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be a way for families and friends to have a good time together, injuries from ATV accidents may often be life threatening. Children in particular are at an increased risk of being injured and even killed in these types of accidents, so before your next four wheeling adventure, make sure you are aware of the potential risks, as well as how to keep your friends and loved ones safe.

Injuries Caused By ATV Accidents

All-terrain vehicles were introduced back in the 1970s, and since that time have enjoyed immense popularity. Unfortunately, with the increase in the use of ATVs, there has been a corresponding increase in ATV accidents. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are over 150,000 ATV accidents in this country each year. A contributing factor in the incidence of ATV accidents and injuries is the fact that ATVs are made to be bigger, faster, and more powerful than ever before. They are similar to automobiles in many ways, but lack many of the standard safety features found in cars. No license is required to drive an ATV, nor is there an age or weight limit on who may operate one. Unfortunately, over 10,000 people have died as the result of injuries sustained in ATV accidents, and roughly a quarter of these deaths were children. The most common ATV-related injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Burns and severe rashes
  • Deep cuts and lacerations requiring stitches and surgery
  • Loss of limbs and appendages, such as leg, fingers, and toes

ATV Safety

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries and deaths from ATV accidents can be prevented by following these few simple safety precautions:

  • Stay off paved roads. ATVs are designed to be driven off-road, and are hard to control on pavement
  • Keep children under 16 off adult ATVs. There are age-appropriate youth models available for children
  • Do not exceed the maximum capacity for your ATV. Having too many people on an ATV could cause it to roll over or crash
  • Always use a helmet and the proper protective gear
  • Get the proper training. ATV safety courses are available from qualified instructors

Our Attorneys Can Help You with Your Case

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an ATV accident, contact our experienced South Carolina ATV accident attorneys today. We understand the serious nature of the injuries caused by these types of accidents, and can help get the compensation you need to recover. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we are available to help immediately. Arrange a free consultation with our legal team today!

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