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 2014 the CPSC received reports that around 547 people had died that year in ATV-related accidents, and in 2015 there were around 385 reported fatalities.
Each year, hundreds of people die in ATV accidents and thousands more sustain severe personal injuries. In 2014, there were over 93,700 emergency room visits by people who were involved in a four-wheeler accident. Fortunately, most of these E.R. visits recorded in 2014 were categorized as treated and released. Additionally, it was estimated that ATV injuries were most likely to happen in the following body parts: arms, head, neck, leg, and the torso. According to the CSPC annual report, in 2015 there were no less than 97,200 ATV accident-related E.R. visits in the United States and almost 30 percent of the patients were 16 or younger. Of the 97,200 previously mentioned ATV-related injuries treated in the E.R. 85 percent were categorized as treat and release cases, 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.
If you suffered an ATV accident and need legal help, call our Miami based office at 305.416.9805. We are here to help.