All-terrain vehicles are most frequently reported in accidents that involve flipping or rolling, causing drivers and passengers alike to be thrown out of the vehicle or possible even pinned underneath it in the process. In fact, passengers are sometimes the most at risk when an ATV is involved in an accident, because the back "seats" of these vehicles were not originally intended for passenger use.
The U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released information on the dangers inherent in the design of ATVs, specifically citing their general lack of stability, especially when compared to other motor vehicle designs. Specifically, the federally regulated administration has advised that these vehicles are not intended to be driven on regularly paved roads, and doing so could lead to further possibility for harm.
Among those most at risk when operating an all-terrain vehicle are teenagers / adolescents. Studies have found that children and minors of all ages tend to lack the physical and mental developments required to both physically and cognitively operate ATVs under safe circumstances. As such, their risk is believed to be greater than other drivers of such vehicles. The contrast is so dramatic, in fact, that adolescents and teens are reported to have the most severe injuries of all ATV accident victims.
In fact, according to the organization "Concerned Families for ATV Safety," between the years 1982 and 2010, at least 2,775 children were killed as the result of ATV accidents. Not only that, but since 1997, there has been a 150% increase in the chances of a child under the age of 18 being injured as the result of an accident on an all-terrain vehicle. At Henry & Williams, P.C., we understand how devastating it is to watch your child suffer from an accident that could have been prevented. If you lost a child because of an ATV accident, no amount of compensation will be able to make up for their loss. This being said, it is important to determine if anyone was at fault in the accident so that the same thing does not happen to another child and another family. Whether someone was driving negligently or there was a design defect, call to see how we could help you.