ATV Accidents & Injuries: How to Protect Yourself
When temperatures start to rise, so do the numbers of people getting outdoors to enjoy recreational activities. Unfortunately, the number of injuries and accidents also tends to rise at this time.
One of the largest causes of these types of accidents is the use of recreational vehicles like ATVs.
This article will cover some of the most common causes of ATV accidents, how to avoid them, and how a Minneapolis ATV accident lawyer can help you if you or a loved one is affected.
Uses for ATVs (all-terrain vehicles)
ATVs are used for work, recreation, and sometimes both.
Many families enjoy using these 3 or 4-wheeled motor vehicles for recreation because they take less skill to ride than other vehicles such as dirt bikes. (This can also lead riders to not use as much caution as they should.)
The use of ATVs to transport equipment and game for hunting and camping is growing in popularity as well.
ATVs are also commonly used on farms to transport supplies, travel off-road from field to field, or to plow snow.
These versatile vehicles can serve a multitude of purposes when used properly and following necessary safety precautions. When they are not, that’s when accidents and injuries can occur.
What causes ATV accidents
- vehicle rollovers
- drug and/or alcohol use
- negligent or untrained rider
- poorly maintained trails
- defective product
The most common cause of ATV accidents is rollovers. Rollovers are usually caused by user negligence but can also be the result of a product defect.
5 common ATV accident injuries
- broken bones
- spinal cord injuries
- knee and leg injuries
- internal injuries
In the most serious of cases, an ATV accident can result in death. Between 300 and 400 ATV-related deaths occur on U.S. roadways each year. These numbers have been on the rise as ATV sales have accelerated.
How to avoid ATV accidents and injuries
The best way to protect yourself and others is to educate yourself.
- learn and adhere to all laws and regulations regarding ATV use
- read and follow the manufacturer instructions for proper maintenance and use of your vehicle
- take classes to learn safe and responsible riding
Following some basic safety rules for riding is also essential.
5 basic rules for ATV safety
- Wear appropriate gear – a helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves are recommended for safety.
- Stay alert – never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, using medications that may cause drowsiness, or while fatigued.
- Obey rider limits – do not carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV or more than one passenger on a two-person ATV.
- Ride only where permitted – stay on designated trails and at safe speeds; ATVs are illegal on most roads except to cross at designated spots.
- Supervise children – children under the age of 16 should only ride ATVs of appropriate size/power and always under adult supervision.
Compensation for victims of ATV accidents
If you have been injured in an ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You’ll need an attorney at your side who is experienced in this type of injury to ensure the details of your case are properly represented.
Hall Law has more than 35 years of experience successfully representing people who have been injured in ATV-related cases. Contact our Minneapolis ATV accident attorneys today to discuss your options.