Feds Warn about ATV Accidents

by Francisco Guerra, IV. on 07/13/2012

All Terrain Vehicle ATV

A recent spike in injuries and fatalities involving ATV accidents has worried Houston product liability attorneys, and has led federal agencies to once again reiterate their warnings about the use of all-terrain vehicles, especially by children.  The warnings are necessary.  There are approximately 11 million ATVs currently in use in the United States.

In 2010, according to some estimates there were at least 55 child-related fatalities involving ATV accidents.  More than 28,000 children were injured in such accidents.  What's more, the number of those injuries and fatalities are only likely to spike over the next few months as more people and children step onto their all-terrain vehicles in summer. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a number of warnings about ATV use, complaining that these machines are far too big and heavy for children to use.  However, those warnings have mainly fallen on deaf ears.  ATV manufacturers have failed to make these ATVs safer for children to use, and any warnings that are posted on ATVs cautioning people against allowing children to ride them, are insufficient to truly explain the possible dangers.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, all-terrain vehicles are some of the deadliest products it regulates.  The CPSC estimates that approximately 700 people die every year in ATV-related accidents.

Our products liability lawyers recommend the following tips for users of all-terrain vehicles:

  • Children below 16 years of age should not be allowed to ride an ATV unsupervised.  
  • Adults who use ATVs should ride with a helmet.  
  • An ATV should not be operated on a public road.  
  • It is unsafe to ride an ATV with a passenger.  
  • ATV riders need to know that there are differently-sized vehicles for different age groups.

If you have been injured in a incident involving an all-terrain vehicle or ATV, the ATV may be defective. You should speak with an experienced products liability lawyer who has litigated cases like yours in the past. Our firm has handled automotive products cases against every major manufacturer, routinely obtaining significant results for our clients.

Tags: Personal Injury, Automotive Defects, ATV

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