How Common Are ATV Accidents?

ATV accidents are more common than people think. There are over 100,000 emergency-room visits per year by people involved in an ATV accident, with injuries that range from bruises to very severe fractures. In 2019, the CPSC received reports that around 295 people had died that year in ATV-related accidents, and between 1982-2017 there were 15,250 ATV-related fatalities.

Each year, hundreds of people die in ATV accidents and thousands more sustain severe personal injuries. In 2017, there were over 93,800 emergency room visits by people who were involved in a four-wheeler accident. Fortunately, most of these E.R. visits recorded in 2017 were categorized as treated and released.

Additionally, it was estimated that ATV injuries were most likely to happen in the following body parts: the arm (shoulders to fingertips), head or neck, leg, and the torso. According to the CSPC annual report, almost 26 percent of the patients were 16 or younger, most of them being contusions, abrasions or fractures.

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA)'s documentation of off-highway vehicle accidents reveals a 10% increase in the fatality rate. Off-highway vehicles consist of three categories: ATVs, recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and utility task vehicles (UTVs). CFA consistently found that state and local laws let these vehicles on the road and that is where the majority of fatalities take place. OHVs are not designed to be operated on road surfaces. Also at blame is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has not finalized the all-terrain vehicle rulemaking.

Who Is at Risk of Suffering an ATV Accident?

Approximately one-third of ATV injuries affect children under 16. Boys are more at risk than girls, and inexperienced riders are more at risk for ATV-related emergency room visits. Additionally, riders who don't follow the safety rules, or who operate the ATV under the influence of alcohol or drugs, have an increased risk of being in an ATV Accident and have an increased risk of being injured.

Children are more likely to suffer severe ATV accidents, and boys are more exposed to the risk than girls. The injury rate for boys was approximately twice as high as for girls, with close to 16,000 boys between the ages of 11 and 15 injured compared to around 7,700 girls. Inexperienced riders are also at increased risk together with individuals who did not complete safety training or who ride less frequently.

Research shows that adolescent and teenage ATV riders have more catastrophic injuries and more head injuries than any other age group. Also, children often lack the physical strength, fine motor skills, and cognitive abilities, to operate ATVs properly, so their risk of injury is greater than that of adults.

The Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons both advise preventing all children under the age of 16 from using all-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs. However, if parents allow their kids to ride an ATV, the following safety measures are strongly recommended:

  • Always wear protective gear, especially a helmet, when riding ATVs.
  • Don't drive ATVs with a passenger or ride as a passenger.
  • Take a hands-on safety training course if one is available in your area.
  • Do not let kids drive ATVs on paved roads because they are difficult to control.
  • Don't let children drive or ride adult ATVs.

What Causes ATV Accidents?

The following are the leading causes of injury and fatal accidents:

  • Driving an ATV on a paved surface. ATVs are designed for off-road use only so, on the pavement, they handle poorly Riding double.
  • Most ATVs are designed to carry only one rider. Inexperienced operators that ride without an experienced passenger
  • Riding without adult supervision
  • Performing dangerous stunts and maneuvers
  • Operating in unfamiliar areas or terrain
  • Failing to observe the law

During the first month, an inexperienced ATV rider is 13 times more likely to have an accident than an experienced one. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that young or inexperienced operators receive proper instruction before operation.

What Are the Most Common Injuries Caused by ATV Accidents in Miami?

An ATV accident in Florida usually results in blunt force trauma injuries or head injuries. Though safety laws and regulations regarding ATVs have been implemented and improved upon, fatal and serious non-fatal ATV accidents remain a far too common occurrence.

The most widespread injuries caused by an ATV accident in Miami include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Skull fractures
  • Cerebral contusion
  • Concussions
  • Loss of limb
  • Broken ribs
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken arms
  • Crushed wrists
  • Injuries to internal organs

If you have suffered one of the above-listed injuries or a similar injury in an ATV accident in Florida, you may have the right to compensation through a personal injury claim. Treatment for permanent injuries resulting from an ATV accident can cost millions of dollars, depending on the medical treatments, surgeries, and long-term rehabilitation required.

Who Is Liable for My ATV Accident and What Are My Legal Rights?

Your ATV accident and the resulting injuries may have been caused by negligence, such as:

  • A mechanical defect in the ATV itself. The fault for your injury lies with the manufacturer of your vehicle
  • The actions of another person. The fault for your injury may lie with that individual

You should not have to handle all of the costs yourself. You may have the option to file a Miami personal injury claim and seek accident compensation. The first step towards recovery is hiring an experienced Miami ATV accident attorney. By filing a personal injury claim with an ATV accident attorney at your side, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Your current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Property damages
  • Damages for pain and suffering

Recreation opportunities abound in Florida, but ATV riding can lead to potentially serious or fatal accidents. If you suffered an ATV accident and need legal help, call our Miami based office. We are here to help.

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